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Preston Pavlis


Preston Pavlis’ work on canvas and fabric represents his interest in the fusion of painting and textiles as a means to explore narrative, form and color. Focused on poetic association and metaphor, the resulting works in oil, embroidery, and collage are personal charts for time and memory. The works situate solitary figures on often non-descript grounds, their gazes shift between the viewer and somewhere beyond the space of the spectator. Whether their expressions are pensive, contemplative, ebullient, or intent – there is an interiority that is palpable. Pavlis’ figures convey a subtle energy and a deep sense of presence that is enhanced by their imposing scale.

Preston Pavlis is represented by Bradley Ertaskiran (Montreal).


  • 2021 Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design, Halifax, CA
  • 2019 MacEwan University, Edmonton, CA
Solo Exhibitions:
  • 2021 Still ready to curse and rage, Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal, CA
Group Exhibitions:
  • 2021 Conversation, Mayten’s, Toronto, CA
  • Friend Zone, Half Gallery, New York, USA, curated by Vaughn Spann
  • 2020 It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 – 1970 and Now, The John and
  • Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery, Edmonton, CA
  • 2019 BMO 1st Art Competition, MOCA, Toronto, CA
Art Fairs:
  • 2021 Frieze New York, with Half Gallery
  • 2020 NADA Miami, with Bradley Ertaskiran
Selected Awards, Grants and Distinctions:
  • 2021 Winner of The 2021 Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize
  • 2019 BMO 1st Art Competition, Alberta Winner, CA
Selected Press & Media:
  • 2019 Dunson, Danny. Artist Spotlight : Preston Pavlis, ArtX, October 5