Donald Andrus: The Shape of Desire

By Donald Andrus, Ihor Holubizky, Pan Wendt & Roslyn Rosenfeld

Published by Goose Lane Editions, Donald Andrus: The Shape of Desire, a collection of essays by Donald Andrus, Ihor Holubizky, Pan Wendt and Roslyn Rosenfeld, will be released February 6.

Throughout his career, Donald Andrus has combined his first love—drawing—with a deep engagement with colour, a desire for experimentation, a keen interest in the physical qualities of his materials, and the sensory experience of the viewer.

Donald Andrus: The Shape of Desire brings together four major essays, including one by the artist, and more than 80 full-colour reproductions to assess a body of work that extends from abstract paintings to portraits. Roslyn Rosenfeld writes about Andrus’s early abstract work, Ihor Holubizky considers Andrus’s portraits, and Pan Wendt revisits Andrus’ contemporary abstract paintings. Taken together, the essays and images take full measure of the entirety of Andrus’s career and influences—from the landscapes of Greece and the poetry of George Seferis to the cinematic works of Andrei Tarkovsky and the pioneering work of contemporary German artists Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer. 

“An important book with contributions by three of Canada’s most significant art writers. Andrus is an artist whose paintings are meant to tease the eye and to give optical pleasure. He does this magnificently,” said Jon Tupper, former director, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Andrus has been painting for over 35 years. His work has been exhibited at Venice’s Imago Mundi exhibition and at galleries and museums in Canada, the US, and Germany. His paintings may be found in the numerous collections, including those of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, as well as the private collection of Luciano Benneton. He has previously worked as a curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, as a lecturer at UNB, and as a professor of art history at Concordia. Andrus now lives and works in Charlottetown, PEI. 

Donald Andrus: The Shape of Desire will be available at It will be available locally at Bookmark following the official launch event in March.