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Steph Krawchuk

Steph Krawchuk was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1982. She completed a BFA at the University of Saskatchewan and has been painting for nearly two decades. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows within the province, and many of her paintings are in private collections across Canada.

Krawchuk's work over the last decade has been a story of stylistic evolution. Upon completion of her BFA, Krawchuk developed a reputation for cityscapes that were reminiscent of early Modernism with echoes of Fauvism and German Expressionism. Working from direct observation, her painting was a process of reduction and simplification, stripping her subjects down to their basic forms, retaining only the details that were absolutely necessary. Her strikingly concise compositions were at once familiar and novel, instantly recognizable but rendered according to Krawchuk’s unmistakably personal vision.

Continuing to draw inspiration from her immediate environment, Krawchuk's most recent works are distinctly abstract, distilling her impressions into abstract compositions, rather than simplified but still recognizable forms. Her reference points are increasingly more abstracted to begin with--think woven tapestries and quilt patterns--but they are real-world referents nonetheless. Krawchuk remains a process-oriented painter. Working and re-working each canvas in the studio, this is the place where process and aesthetic decision-making take over. Changes and revisions start to accumulate; surfaces becomes thick and textural, a visual record of her search for aesthetic resolution. Defying any strict stylistic lineage, her paintings are consistently fresh and unexpected. Lively, whimsical, colourful, and developed according to their own visual logic, Krawchuk's abstract paintings now give a much clearer focus to the interplay of line, shape, colour and texture that have always been at the core of her artistic explorations.

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Saskatchewan.

Exhibitions:

2006 'Forgive Me For I Was Blue', BFA Exhibition, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery,Saskatoon,Saskatchewan
2007 'Forgive Me For I Was Blue: Portraits of Myself and Others', Grace Campbell Gallery, Prince Albert,Saskatchewan
2008 'Once Deep', Group Show, St. Peter's College, Muenster, Saskatchewan
2008 'Portraits of Myself and Others', Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert,Saskatchewan
2008 'Weathered', Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2009 'Confections III', Group Show, St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon,Saskatchewan
2009 'A Touch of Rouge' Group Show, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2009 'Portraits: Recent Work' St.Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2010 'Skin' Group Show, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2010 'In Sun and Snow' Artists by Artists Project, Mendel Art Gallery,Saskatoon,Saskatchewan
2011 Feature Show with Gallery Artists. The Gallery/art placement inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2014 'City Seen' Group Show, The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2015 'Building Blocks', The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2015 'Summer Group Show', The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2016 'Art Now - Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair', Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK
2017 'Prairie Abstraction, Modern & Contemporary', The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2017 'Feature Artist: Steph Krawchuk', The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2017 'Art Now - Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair', The Sound Stage, Regina, SK
2017 'Holiday Group Show', The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2018 untitled, Group Show curated by Lucien Smith, New York, NY
2018 'Art for Sale', The Art Gallery of Swift Current, Swift Current, SK
2018 'Art Now - Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair', Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK
2018 'Year-End Group Show', The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2019 'formalish', The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK

Permanent Collections:

Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Permanent Collection, University of Saskatchewan

 

 


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