Sketch & Draw

David Samila’s quirky puckish drawings


David Samila’s puckish drawings are a small slice of his extensive body of work, assembled over a career that began in the 1960s, spanned London and Rome and included time out as a Canadian bush pilot.


David Samila cuts loose from formality and expresses levity in personal daily drawing narratives. Samila’s free-form lines blended with wash and collage float on the page with humorous abandon resulting in a quirky aesthetic balance. -Exhibition notes from a recent show at Headbones Gallery


Samila also taught Fine Art at York University, Winnipeg School of Art, Alberta College of Art and Mount Allison University. But after more than 10 years of teaching, he embarked on a career as a bush pilot – flying the de Havilland Beaver and other aircraft in gigs from the Yukon to Labrador. He has since returned to painting full time.  His work is in major collections all over the world, including the National Gallery of Canada.

David Samila’s website, here.

On Facebook, here.

His biography, here.

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