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  • Audrey Capel Doray

    Artist

    Audrey Capel Doray (b. 1931) is a Canadian artist working in a variety of mediums—painting, printmaking, electronic art, murals and films. She received a BFA from McGill University and went on to study at Atelier 17 in Paris and at the Central School of Art in London. After moving to Vancouver in 1957, Capel Doray taught at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University) from 1959 to 1961. In 1962, Capel Doray joined Alvin Balkind and Abraham Rogatnick’s New Design Gallery, an influential art space that presented live theatre, visual art, films, concerts, lectures and poetry readings. Capel Doray was a major figure in the Vancouver scene of the 1960s and was engaged with experiments in new media, interactive and kinetic art and electronic communications. She and her late husband, Victor Doray, were community leaders, involving themselves in Intermedia and other experimental formations influenced by philosopher Marshall McLuhan. A recipient of four Canada Council awards, Capel Doray’s work is held in numerous private and public collections, both nationally and internationally. Her work is described in North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century as combining “robust social criticism with her own interpretation of humanist theory” and dealing with pop art and the feminist archetype, themes of “perpetual motion and endless transition”, and the interplay of sound and light.

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