A O C A
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 thelifeforce 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.