About Toronto artist, painter Joanna Strong

Joanna paints a wide variety of objects from everyday life, exploring aspects of the material world and evoking intangible concepts through her painting process.

Joanna is especially well-known for her paintings of mysterious worlds and symbols created from rubber bands. In these observation-based oil paintings, the elastic bands found in our daily lives are entwined together to create planet-like spheres, just as everyday moments combine together to make our own personal worlds.

Landscape elements such as skies, snow, water and roads are suggested, and more abstract ideas of entangled thoughts and feelings are also given form. Each rubber band world or symbol embodies a specific concept, which may take many days to explore and compose; then the subject is observed, interpreted and painted from life.

Originally from Newfoundland, Joanna has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax and an MFA from the University of Waterloo. Her work has appeared in over 80 exhibitions, both juried and solo, and she is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Joanna lives with her husband and two children in Toronto, Canada.

Below you can see Joanna’s Instagram posts about her latest paintings, works in progress, upcoming shows, and other news.