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Eva
Kolacz

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`My paintings are a return to what is spiritual, an awakening of human feelings, a stirring of visual sensations—and the power of life flowing through us. I try to notice the various states and transformations of my inner self, as I have done through my poetry, hoping that these “notes” will find their way to sensitive viewers. Through colour and shape, light and shadow, I would like to ignite thoughts that evoke emotions and personal reflections.`

A vice-president of the Ontario Society of Artists, Eva Kolacz is a full time professional painter and printmaker. Eva’s career as a painter began with her residency in Canada in 1981. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design she has participated in many shows in Canada, USA, Japan, and Europe. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections across North America. Eva’s recent work can be seen in the Government of Ontario Art Collection, as well as in National Museum in Poland. Currently, Eva lives and works in Oakville, Ontario.

Public Collections:

Government of Ontario, Canada
National Museum in Kielce, Poland
National Museum in Legnica, Poland
National Museum in Szczecin, Poland
Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin, Poland

SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS:

2012 Solo Show. Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 Unite with Art. Live Art Auction. UNICEF
2011 Solo Show. Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Unite with Art. Live Art Auction. UNICEF. Vancouver, BC
2010 Solo Show. Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 National Museum of Legnica, Poland (Solo)
2010 Contemporary Art Gallery of Opole, Poland (Solo)
2010 Gallery BWA-Kielce, Poland (Solo)
2010 Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin, Poland (Solo)
2009 Arta Gallery,Toronto
2009 Unite with Art. Live Art Auction. UNICEF. Vancouver, BC
2009 Solo Show. Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver.
2008 Varley Art Gallery of Markham. Juried Show. Jurors Award of Merit.
2007 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. Juried Show. Society of Canadian Artists.
2007 Oakville City Hall. Juried Show of Oakville Society of Artists.
2006 Upper Gallery, Toronto. Group Show.
2005 Canvas Gallery, Toronto. Group Show.
2005 Upper Gallery, Toronto. Group Show.
2004 Trias Gallery, Toronto. Group Show.
2004 Toronto City Hall.
2003 Shanghai Center for Decentralized Arts, Shanghai, China.
2003 Bockarth Gallery. Group Show. Cleveland, USA. 2002 Shaghai Centre for Decentralized Arts. Shanghai, China
2002 Trias Gallery, Toronto. Group Show.
2002 Bockrath Gallery, Cleveland. USA
2002 Arte, Arte Gallery. Tuscany, Italy
2001 Bockarth Gallery. Group Show. Cleveland, USA
2001 Trias Gallery, Toronto. Group Show.
2001 Arte, Arte Gallery. Tuscany, Italy.
2000 International Art Exhibition. Vancouver, BC.
2000 International Juried Show. Japan.
1999 Pratt & Whitney Canada `Perspectives`. Living Arts Centre. Mississauga, Ontario.
1999 Main Gallery Group Show. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1999 Access Gallery Group Show. Winnipeg Manitoba.
1999 Galerie Trystero. Poland.
1999 Brockrath Gallery. Cleveland, USA.
1999 Trias Gallery, Toronto. 1999 Art Gallery of Mississauga. Annual Juried Show. 1998 Trias Gallery. Toronto.
1998 John B. Aird Gallery. Society of Canadian Artists Annual Juried Show. Juror.
1998 The Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Unionville. Selected Works by the Society of Canadian Artists.
1997 The Kolacz Family Three Generations of Artists. John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto.
1997 Living Arts Centre Gallery, Mississauga, ON
1997 Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, University of Toronto
1997 John B. Aird Gallery. Society of Canadian Artists 30th Anniversary Juried Show.
1997 Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON.Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. Juror`s Award - Painting.
1997 The Ontario Society of Artists 125th Anniversary.
Travelling Juried Exhibition - the Frederick Horsman Varley, Art Gallery of Markham.
1996 Art Gallery of Mississauga, Annual Juried Show of Fine Art. Honourable Mention.
1996 Arts & Events Gallery, First Canadian Place, Toronto. Ontario Society of Artists Annual Members Show
1996 Etobicoke City Hall Art Gallery. Art Etobicoke Juried Show.
Jurors Award of Excellence.
1996 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto.
Society of Canadian Artists Juried Show. Jurors Award.
1996 The Latcham Gallery. Stouffille, ON. Juried Show.
1996 Art Gallery of Peel. Brampton, ON. Annual Juried Show.
1996 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto.
The Society of Canadian Artists Anniversary Exhibition. Juried Show.
1995 Reactor Gallery. Toronto.
1995 Art & Events Gallery. First Canadian Place. Toronto.
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Members Show.
1994/ 95 - 1996/97 Arts and Events Gallery, First Canadian Place, Toronto. Members Exhibitions.
1994 Pekao Gallery, Toronto. Solo Show.

VANCOUVER SUN, March 12, 2010:

Painter`s exploration of light had a dark start:

It took an early career in puppetry for Eva Kolacz to uncover her passion for painting.
`I always wore a black costume and was in the dark while the marionettes had plenty of light to let their colours really shine.` says the Ontario-based artist, whose work is currently being shown at the Kurbatoff Gallery on South Granville.
`I started to see all the shadows and life associated with light form, which easily translated into art.`

Kolacz, who has been an artist for 26 years, says that reading up on the New York School of painters was another key inspiration.
`It was huge - they had the energy and the courage to change, the courage to find their own language, which is what I wanted to do,` says Kolacz, who is visiting from her home in Oakville, and whose work is also included in the Government of Ontario Art Collection.
`I don`t paint what I see, but what I am feeling.`
Forget that age-old dilemma of having to change your home furnishing to match a new painting: with miriad colours in her work, existing pieces are likely to pick up at least one of the hues.Now, that's notable...` by Lucy Hislop.

John K. Grande, renowned Canadian art expert and author, about the art of Eva Kolacz:

In the Scale of Light and the Colour of Space

Armed with a background in poetry and puppetry, Eva Kolacz has been painting since 1981.... What distinguishes Eva Kolacz's art is that the painterly gesture exists in a continuum of emotion. It extends a feeling directly into a language of light and paint. The two fuse, form, trail off, run, stop, resonate, and the painting becomes a stage for human emotions, one that has a continuity. Reflections #1 has earthy colours, reminiscent of the Romantic painter J. M. W Turner. Reflections #3 has that same sublime sense, as f we were entering into the well of the world, some place where light itself was generated. The painterly gestures are more extended and raw in this work. The sections are more like mappings of conflicting emotions, with points of pleasure and pain, but Kolacz does not fall prey to symmetry, or conscious compositional stereotypes. Instead she follows her instinct. Fantasy Island is even denser, darker, with two planes of yellow resonating in an otherwise textural surface effect of darkness. There is an intimate red area that exists as an island in this mystical dark tableaux, a point of memory or anticipation. As an instinctual textural mapping this painting is reminiscent of the american painter Ralph Blakelock's dark landscapes of the 19th century. Water Series (2007) captures a resonance of light and reflection that is temporal, an art of fluidity, of the experiential moment. Here the effects are reminiscent of Russian painter Nicolas de Stael (1914-1955) but there is no poiint or arrival or departure, no endpoint, and this is what makes these painting edifying - Kolacz does not measure the experience she paints, nor does she fit into any regimen of style. As art, these works achieve their poetic visuality like weather as if the process that brought them into being were never conceived but was already there - hidden, unconscious and real.

Eva Kolacz builds each painting over time. One begins to believe these paintings exist in a real place and time, but this is a pure painterly universe, with each scenario generated by emotions, and painted with colour, produced by light. The difference is that Kolacz draws her scenes directly. Emotions are the landscape, and this inner landscape is in perpetual transformation These paintings are a response to specific places in the heart, and the surface of the painting is, in a sense, the embodiment of identity, for it encompasses place, atmosphere, change, perpetuity, and this - with a sublime sense of colour. Dramatic, yet humble these are not easy paintings to create, for they express a central vulnerability that is the human condition. They exist in a surface that becomes a well of light, that draws features. These paintings are a direct response to the density of experience. In that history is a paradigm that gathers time and events, yet also involves continuity, Kolacz's paintings are parables of the human experience, but they are capable of cap turing the stillness that is time itself. The visual motion in these paintings can be vertical or horizontal and this is punctuated with intense dissolution and reflection at times, other times with density and atmosphere. Each painting has its own series of visual phrases, each gesture layers on other background surface layers . Reflections #2 has something of the atmosphere of the Swiss painter Arnold Bocklin's(1827-1901) mythological landscapes, but this is an abstract realm, entirely imagined. With Reflections #4, Kolacz's use of light and motion is intricate, at a point in an ongoing and perpetual transformation that is likewise intimated in the bold patches of brushwork in Dreamer. Last Summer, Falling for Pink, Falling for Orange, Jazz Singer, and Reflections #5 are purely experimental, transitional works, part of the process of searching for form.

With a natural sense of abstract natural process comparabl e to the British painter Ivon Hitchens, Eva Kolacz, guides us, visually along the paths the paintbrush takes. This unconscious process of painting is reflective, like a film, and not inchoate or mechanical. Unlike the automatic painter, Kolacz is very visual, and textural and tactile, a thinker, who revels in the painterly moment, the situation is a theatrical one that instigates a new reality born of the creative process. This is an unconscious process, but it involves a questioning of its own procedures. In this way, Eva Kolacz has evolved her painterly language beyond the conclusive and controlled compositional dogmas of modernism that for all their stylistic bravado, nevertheless became a prison of sorts for the artist who followed the dictums, dictates and para-dogmas of that epoch. It is as if Eva Kolacz were unintentionally creating places in the soul that already exists in her unconscious. These are landscapes of beingnes s, that express human emotions with a series of layers in acrylic.

Eva Kolacz has an eye for the moment and the visual. She finds the form in the process of painting. These forms express something of the fragiity and fluid processes that are the life we are a part of for a while. To witness her paintings is to dive into a quiet pool of synthetic and resonating depths, fields of atmosphere, all this bathed in light. Muskoka 11 (2006) builds a horizontal/vertical tension as if this were a three dimensional construction. Vivid reds fllair, softer yellows ambulate, and there is a corner of deep nocturnal blue. These colours create their own structure, and exist as floating layers that build up the overall density and balance in this work. Inspired by Passion is like a stage in the journey of life, and the colours are like flames that resonate with great intensity. It is always the light that holds these works in a state of suspension.&nbs p; Birth of Star is one of the strongest paintings. Kolacz reifies with pure painterly resonance a universe as process and painting as an endless process of transfiguring a world that is a constant, but always transforming as well. That universe is the painting. Birth of Star has depths, resonances, raw textural integrity. This is a landscape of the soul, and with a musical resonance that recalls Gustav Host's The Planets. This painterly universe is tensile, very close, and its tactile immediacy takes you farther than far, so close that it becomes here and now. This is simple, honest painting with a passionate intensity. As Eva Kolacz says, "When you have a passion, you do not think of how others will receive it. You just paint!" Eva Kolacz is a poet who paints. That is that! And that is this!

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The author of Balance: Art and Nature (Black Rose Books, 1994 & 2004), Intertwining: Landscape, Technology, Issues, Artists (Black Rose Books, 1998), and Art Nature Dialogues: Interviews with Environmental Artists (SUNY Press, 2004) HYPERLINK "http://www.sunypress.edu/" www.sunypress.edu John Grande is the curator of Earth Art at the Royal Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Culture in Sackville, New Bunswick, Canada - both summer 2008 events. John Grande`s Dialogues in Diversity: Art from Marginal to Mainstream was published by Pari Publishing (Italy) in 2007 ( www.paripublishing.com). and Art Allsorts: Writitngs on Art & Artists was launched in May 2008 (available at www.lulu.com)

John K. Grande
Nature is the Art of which We are A Part
www.grandescritique.com

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