Amy Loewan RCA


Celebrate Canada 150 - September

Peace and Learning Projects


Working with the premise that everyone in the world understands the words and concepts of peace, cooperation and learning, we are featuring work by a number of artists who fully embrace these ideas. Woven shuen paper works by Amy Loewan and serpentine sculpture from cooperatives in Cape Dorset (Baffin Island) and Tengenenge, Zimbabwe.

The focus of Amy Loewan’s work is on the promotion of peace and understanding. She has devoted herself to this project for over twenty years. Her universal message of peace and her aesthetic sensibility imbue her large installation works and smaller rice paper weave, mixed media works with a quiet purpose. They are highly crafted presentations of a social and spiritual belief. She submits that peace, in ourselves and with others, can be attained through acts of consciousness initiated by art.

Amy’s exploration into innovative ways to use traditional art materials - rice paper and ink – foster the exploration of her considerations for a compassionate, caring world. The impact of the greater forms and their focused text naturally lead into a closer and more detailed seeing. The sheets of woven paper literally interweave, they allow for movement within as well as without, they offer an experience of peace.

My art is about nature and its many manifestations. The purpose of my work is to promote peace, harmony and understanding.

Amy Loewan of Chinese origin was born in Hong Kong. She immigrated to Canada in 1978 and became a Canadian citizen in 1981.

In her first profession as an occupational therapist, Amy began a lifelong investment in working with people. She also had begun to explore art in earnest by the time she moved to Edmonton, Alberta, over 25 years ago. Her artistic journey led to the completion of her Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting from the University of Alberta in 1995. Many of her works illustrate the integration of her Chinese heritage with western postmodernist art practices.

Amy has received numerous grants and awards including The Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal's Award for Excellence in the Arts commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Since 1976, Amy has exhibited in major cities in Canada as well as New York, and Melbourne, Australia. Her most recent large rice paper weaving installation A Peace Project was shown in China in 2004 at the Shanghai Doland Modern Art Museum in Shanghai and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre in Hong Kong.

2015, Amy Loewan was inducted into the Membership of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts is an honourary organization of over 790 established professional artists and designers from all regions of Canada. Members practice in more than thirty visual arts disciplines including but not limited to painting, print-making, architecture, sculpture, design, photography, ceramics, film, video, and digital art. With members nominated and elected by their peers the RCA has, since 1880, come to represent many of Canada’s most distinguished visual artists and designers. The objectives of the RCA are to encourage, improve, promote, support and cultivate the visual arts through its many activities.

Amy Loewan was one of two artists representing Edmonton in China (August 2012). In 2012 she received a City of Edmonton Hall of Fame Arts and Culture Designation and an Edmonton Arts Council Award. She taught at the Fine Art Certificate Program of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension for a number of years but now works full-time on her art practice.

Amy uses the following languages, with varying degrees, in her Peace Project works:  Arabic, Croatian, Chinese, Cree, Danish, Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Malagasy, Malay, Norwegian, Philippine, Punjabi, Polish, Russian, Sanskrit, Swahili, Spanish, Portuguese, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Zulu.

Amy Loewan’s work is a highly crafted presentation of a social and spiritual belief: That peace, in ourselves and with others, can be attained through acts of consciousness initiated by art.

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

Lao Tz