Re-visit, re-new, re-work are all words used to describe this series. Using subject matter the
artist has incorporated into other works, and canvases once used for different paintings, has
allowed her to re-visit the faces she once spent time with learning their features and building
their stories. Like seeing an old friend or reading an old journal, coming back to the faces from
this new point in time remained cathartic. Being able to layer these experiences that are only
attained through the passage of time has enhanced not only the visual journey of each piece
but also the conceptual nature of the work. This series is a manifestation of the body through
time; the body of work, the bodies in the work, the artist body making the work and the
stretched canvas as a body for the work.
Emily Zdunich is a Saskatoon based interdisciplinary artist who has developed a figurative
practice in painting, installation sculpture, and printmaking. Emily is a recent graduate of the
Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, and Art History department at the University of Saskatchewan.
Emily investigates the concept of the body though gendered experience, birth, mortality and
time. Her focus is on the human condition and exploring connections between the physical
body and the emotional body. As well as searching for links between human relationship
patterns and patterns found in the natural world, both on a micro and macro scale.
I have lived in Saskatchewan all my life and I have a deep appreciation of the prairies and the changing seasons.
We have some of the best skies, sunrises and sunsets in the world. In spite of long winters, which can be both beautiful and brutal, we seem to endure. Perhaps it’s because of that hibernation. And then there is spring… melting snow, water running, new growth and of course ” the wind. “ Next comes summer… short , hot, intense with gardens full of colorful flowers. Fall is often unpredictable… wonderful golden fields, falling leaves, rain and or frost. I hope you enjoy my interpretations of our changing seasons.
Karen Maguire is a landscape, figurative and collage painter living in Saskatoon. She is currently a member of the ” Studio on 20th ” group of artists. The riverbank, prairie skies and northern lakes are the subjects of many of her works.
“The Seaside Meadows Collection is an escape toward bucolic oceanside summer days. This collection has been a long time coming and is inspired by a trip taken to the Maritimes to celebrate a milestone birthday. I’ve long felt connected to those eastern shores, but this trip provided new inspiration as meadows and wild beaches were explored and seen in a different light. I had planned to paint these pieces upon our return, but life took over. And then a worldwide pandemic hit. As we’ve all stayed in place over this past year, longing for travel, exploration and peaceful days has returned stronger than ever. It only felt right to attempt to paint those longings into existence. Seaside Meadows is an ode to the quiet solitude found in wildflowers and the waving natural grass beside ocean waters. My hope is that these pieces provide a gentle reprieve from the heaviness of this year and allow the mind to rest in the natural wonder of the Atlantic shores. ”
Jenni Haikonen is an impressionistic painter and botanical watercolourist working out of Saskatoon SK. She creates pieces inspired by natural landscapes, with a focus on preservation and conservation. Her artistic practice explores the relationship between human, the atmosphere and the lands that surround us. You can find more of her work at www.jennihaikonen.com or on Instagram @jennihaikonen. She can also be contacted directly through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my first solo exhibition, I wanted to share with you a series of paintings I painted with acrylics in my studio at home from 2018 to 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic has been affecting professional artists all over the world. Our response has been to adapt to the situation and finding new outlets and mediums to express our creativity. I decided to paint landscapes in acrylic depicting mostly the different seasons in the Prairies and the Canadian Rockies using only photos as a reference. I also went back to carving small pieces in alabaster, whatever I could handle in my home studio.I love sculpting and I also created five large sculptures in snow by myself in Saskatoon and North Battleford. I hope you will enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoyed painting them.
Patricia Leguen was born in Saint-Nazaire, France and has been residing in Saskatoon since 1983. She has been representing Canada at national and international snow, ice, sand and fire sculpting competitions and festivals since 1991 and has competed at over 120 events in the last 30 years, winning awards and trophies all over the world including several times in Canada, China, Russia, Alaska, France, Belgium, etc. Her last international ice carving competition was in mid-February 2020 at the World Ice Art Championships before the pandemic started spreading all over the world. She teamed up with three Russians and their team placed 5 th in the Multi-Block Classic with Spirit of the Forest carved in 6 days, 12 to 15 hours a day. Since all international sculpting events have been cancelled since March 2020, she decided to spend her free time painting landscapes throughout the seasons with acrylics, carving alabaster in her studio and creating large-scale snow sculptures on her own in Saskatoon and around the province. She is the only accredited conference interpreter in Saskatchewan but all in-person conferences were cancelled and she can only work freelance in interpreting hubs in Ottawa for the Federal Government or from home. When she does not carve, paint or travel for work, she stays active
rowing, cycling, hiking, riding her Harley, and cooking.
I am a mixed media, abstract artist. Covid Musings, painted in my living room over the past several months has kept me calm and focused. I begin my process with random black ink lines and marks. As an intuitive painter, I am intrigued by the luminous hues and unpredictability of alcohol inks, and I then relax into the challenge of then introducing other media such as pens, oil sticks, and acrylic paint. I seem to glide into a meditative state as I react to form and colour. And in the end? The magic of a title. “There are no mistakes only magical misadventures of mixed media art”
2007 University of Saskatchewan, BFA (Great Distinction)
Work in the collections of Royal Bank of Canada, EnCana, University of Saskatchewan, the United
Kingdom, the Bahamas, the United States, and Canada.
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I created 75 of these poppy prints, to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. Each poppy is a 14 colour serigraph/silkscreen on onionskin paper which is about 4 inches/life size. The onion skin paper is notepaper from the war that was used with carbon paper in a typewriter to send duplicate messages. I pulled the squeegee over 1050 times to create this piece. Yes, my arms and hands were tired.
I am selling them unframed for 75.00 with 75% of the proceeds going to Veterans Affairs. I am grateful to all men and woman that fought in the wars. @canadaremembers
Note: the fragile onion skin paper will not behave like a regular art paper and may wrinkle and unwrinkle as humidity changes. I have mounted them in a such a way that the paper can expand and contract accordingly.
Time marches toward the confluences of harmony and conflict. It is inevitable in nature and community that conflict will occur. It would be unnatural for life on this planet to exist without conflict. There is beauty in the brutality of the lioness taking down the zebra during a kill. If all the thousands of seeds in pinecones were to survive to adulthood, there would not be enough solid ground left for other life. All things in life march toward the final conflux of death.
The images in shades of black and white represent the loss of innocence each person suffers through aging. As each individual learns more about the world around them, it becomes more difficult to filter information in order to make decisions that satisfy their moral needs. Adults try to find a balance that will match their understanding with their feelings on what is best to do. There is a difference between fair and equal that causes conflict within each individual, as issues are not clearly solved in terms of black and white.
The color within the work finds the harmony within the conflict. The plant life struggles with the presence of the soldier’s boots, and pushing through is a beauty found by realizing that existence means dealing with conflict. People throughout history have had to deal with issues larger than their understanding. Each individual searches for the harmony within the conflict when there is a change of attitude toward the situation. Humans remember the colorful moments in their lives, while the everyday blends into shades of black and white.
Monique has exhibited printmaking, paintings, sculptures, installations and book works in more than 225 significant solo, invited and juried group exhibitions in 10 countries. Her works are held in more than 44 public and private collections in 10 different countries. Her printmaking works push the boundaries of standard printmaking with enormous-scale printmaking, installation-based printmaking and three-dimensional printmaking.
Monique finds that her work develops well when she is away from her regular routine in her own studio, so she often accepts invitations or seeks out positions as an artist-in-residence in other locations. She was Artist-in-Residence for Disneyland Paris, Paris, France (2013), the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival (2013), the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival (2012), Bytown Museum, Ottawa, Canada (2010), Spalding, United Kingdom (2008), Nice, France (2006), Vallauris, France (2006), Mount Vernon, USA (2004), Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia (2003) and Coaticook, QC, Canada (2001).
I have lived most of my life in Saskatoon, and now reside on an acreage just outside the city limits which provides me with most of the inspiration for my paintings. I attended the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a Bachelor of Education and a Post Grad Diploma.
My art is a blend of traditional and contemporary. I often use a palette knife to sculpt out thick textures in my work, such as the bark of a tree or the edge of a rocky hill. I am fascinated by light as it is very important to me as I paint subjects outside or plein-air. Capturing the mood outside and then completing the painting in my studio is the most satisfactory process for me. My goal is to transport the viewer from reality to the place and time of the painting. Every time I paint outside, I am in awe of nature and try to communicate that feeling.
We pull over on a grid road to stretch our legs and pick a pretty prairie bouquet.
Trains rumble past through the golden fields.
Upon our arrival, we converse quietly over tea or coffee at the kitchen table.
Pauses are long but the silence is peacefully welcomed.
Stories and memories are always shared over a big meal around the table.
Produce, pickles and preserves are anticipated.
Amber Antymniuk was born and raised on an acreage outside Tisdale, Saskatchewan.
Amber holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina, where she specialized in Arts Education, with a major in visual arts and a minor in English. She holds a Fine Arts degree from the same university.
She makes her home in Saskatoon, where she taught Kindergarten to Grade 8 Arts Education in the Public School Division for five years before taking parental leave — “a perfect opportunity,” she says, “to utilize some of my skills that had been put on the shelf over the years.” Amber spends her days raising two boys, writing, painting and distributing her book titled, H is for Home: A Saskatchewan Alphabet.
Amber draws inspiration from her rural upbringing and from Mother Nature.
Abby Holtslander is a painter, potter, and printmaker based in Saskatoon. Abby has created art her whole life but has only recently endeavored to share her paintings with the Saskatoon community. Abby has a particular love for representing the feminine form in various configurations and styles. This show features two of Abby’s contrasting styles of painting figures.
The first body of pieces represents Abby’s perception of beauty in the female form. It features calm and self-confident women with distorted body proportions and skin of all colours and shades. The pieces evoke a joyful yet calming energy through the use of vibrant, yet natural tones. Each piece is meant to inspire viewers with one word, such as “listen” or “grow” to motivate self-reflection and the acceptance of themselves and others.
In the second body of pieces, Abby combines her love for painting texture and movement with her desire to portray tranquility and intensity at once. In contrast to Abby’s other body of pieces, where the pronounced shapes and outlines tell the story of faceless women, these pieces feature striking faces that stare back at the viewer with relaxed strength. It is Abby’s hope that through her expression, she creates images that portray the power and peace she sees in femininity.
In addition to being an artist, Abby is also currently in her final year of law school at the University of Saskatchewan.
Local artist DANIELLE FULAWKA has been painting and selling her acrylic pieces for nearly a decade. Most people can’t imagine the Canadian prairies looking anything like these ethereal floral paintings but all of these pieces are based off of real flower farms in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.
As a cut flower grower herself she feels a sense comradely with growers in Canada as she seeks to immortalize all of their hard work, it is such an honour and privilege to share their beauty permanently with both flower and lovers outside of their reach.
In her pieces her primary goal is to push to boundaries of depths by using light and shadows to create a “bokeh” effect similar to that in photography. She is always learning and striving to become a better painter as she truly believes that “beauty will save the world.”
ROBYNN OLSON is a Saskatoon based artist and has been creating and selling works of art for seven years. Six of those years she focused on acrylic landscapes and in the last couple months she has switched over to oil landscapes. The vibrancy and slow drying time drewRobynnto explore in oil paints and once shestartedshe could not turn back! Using large brush strokes and focusing on simple shapes, a recognizable scene comes to life. Using the full spectrum of the colour wheel is also important when she explores a landscape.
“Places I want to go and places I have been: that is what I want displayed in my home and I hope others want the same! I see beauty in the world and desire to paint it – not in the reality we see it, but in a more vibrant, hyperreal, joyful way.”
Robynn’shope is recreate your memories and dreams using paint on canvas. @robynn.olson