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About
Darlene Kulig

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Darlene Kulig was awarded the CSEA/Berol Prismacolour National Art Scholarship, granted to six Canadian students entering Fine Arts based on outstanding potential in visual arts. Graduating as an Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, she quickly established herself in the commercial world of art and within 4 years was running her own successful design studio.

Revealing the
lifeforce of my subjects

Darlene began painting full time ten years ago. Her work utilizes synthesis or stylization – an approach that came into Eurocentric art from Japan in the mid 1800s. Many of Canada’s great landscape painters (Lawren Harris being an obvious example) have done this. Darlene makes her approach unique by using strong (high key) colour and uniting smaller shapes into larger, more powerful areas by controlling her values. Her love of the abundant beauty so characteristic of the Canadian landscape is clear. What is especially impressive is that she has developed a unique and very personal approach that “feels” Canadian.

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TorontoHOME and Ottawa Life Magazine have featured Darlene’s award-winning work, showcasing her vibrant, coast to coast Canadian landscapes. Global Affairs Canada has installed a selection of Kulig Canadian Landscapes in Canadian Embassy buildings in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. The renowned Mayo Clinic has Darlene’s work hanging in its Rochester, MN Clinic. Pomegranate Communications has licensed Darlene’s work to be reproduced as contemporary Canadian content in their international product line in the form of note cards, calendars, and puzzles.

In spring 2019, the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer, which provides luxury train travel through the Rocky Mountains, commissioned Darlene to travel by train and paint the mountains for a Canadian Rockies series. Later in December 2019, Darlene was the featured artist in the AGO Art Rental and Sales Holiday Guide.

Currently, Darlene is focusing her creative efforts on developing a recognizable, signature Kulig Canadian landscape.

She is also planning her next travel destination for a new series of paintings.

A member of the Etobicoke Art Group and the Neilson Park Creative Centre, where she studies and paints, you can find her work in galleries across Canada and the United States, as well as in private collections around the world.

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Darlene created a line of face masks in support of The Craig Kulig Memorial Fund, raising money for cancer research. Read more about Craig’s fund here…

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This charming painting is one of my favourite commissions depicting a special honeymoon ballon ride. It was requested by a client as an anniversary gift for his wife. This newlywed couple purchased "Gustav's Cat" after completing the puzzle early in pandemic and became fans of my work. They had never commissioned art and together we made this magical and meaningful work. A cherished memory for me is that we drove out to meet in their lovely Washington home and spent an effervescent evening talking about all things art and science and music!
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The piano was purchased by my grandparents for my mother when she turned eight, which will be 97 years ago later this month. I believe my mother would have liked this painting over her piano, as she was quite artistic and loved color. So, this is where it will be in this home. As for me, I love it and am thoroughly enjoying it! I will continue to check your website for other pieces to replace artwork I’ve had for many years and for which the appeal has waned. Do take care!
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Char

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I enjoy being surrounded and enveloped by beauty - inside and outside. Thanks Darlene Kulig and my family for this spectacular painting! It truly captures the beauty, the peace, the passion, and the memories of Lac La Biche lake. We and visitors instantly fall in love with “Fly Me To The Moon”!! I can’t begin to thank you enough!
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Ron

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The painting arrived in amazing condition and we LOVE it!! Thank you so much for everything— we had an amazing time watching your creative process, and we appreciate all of the work you put in to capturing a place we love with so much joy and light. We’re waiting to hang it on the wall so that we can put it in the perfect spot, but I’ll send pictures as soon as we put it up! Thank you so much again and all the best
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Ava

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I first saw Darlene's art at the Kingsway Art Show. I fell in love with one of the pieces but it wasn't quite the right time for me to purchase it. Years later, I reached out to Darlene and, of course, the piece I loved was long gone. However, Darlene let me know that she could make something similar with design ideas customized for me.
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Lindy

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Thank you so much again for creating such a show piece for our favourite room in our house. Honestly the photo doesn’t do it justice. You must one day come over and see it in person in its space! Thank you again for everything! Take care and stay in touch!
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Lisa

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It was a fascinating experience to start with an idea, share it with you, and then see that idea emerge on the canvas as a beautiful painting. The result is a work of art that captures one of our most treasured memories in a unique and wonderful way.
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Steve & Emilia

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