Elzbieta Krawecka

festival of smalls 2019

Whisper
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Whisper
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$250

artwork

From Here to There
Elzbieta Krawecka - From Here to There
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Silver Lining
Elzbieta Krawecka - Silver Lining
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$2,500
Algonquin Aglow
Elzbieta Krawecka - Algonquin Aglow
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$1,250
Silver Cloud
Elzbieta Krawecka - Silver Cloud
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$1,250
White Knight
Elzbieta Krawecka - White Knight
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$800
The One
Elzbieta Krawecka - The One
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$800
Enchanted Audience
Elzbieta Krawecka - Enchanted Audience
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I Will See You Again
Elzbieta Krawecka - I Will See You Again
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Travel Light
Elzbieta Krawecka - Travel Light
$1,450
Larger than Life
Elzbieta Krawecka - Larger than Life
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Quest
Elzbieta Krawecka - Quest
$800
Life's Mystery
Elzbieta Krawecka - Life's Mystery
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crystal Clear
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Elzbieta Krawecka - crystal Clear
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$3,500
Purple Rain
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Purple Rain
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$2,500
Wild
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Wild
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$2,500
Warrior Wind
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Warrior Wind
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$5,200
Beyond
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Beyond
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$800
Embark
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Embark
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$575

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Dove
Elzbieta Krawecka - Dove
$250
Down
Elzbieta Krawecka - Down
$250
Shady
Elzbieta Krawecka - Shady
$250
Mint Sky
Elzbieta Krawecka - Mint Sky
$250
Umbrella
Elzbieta Krawecka - Umbrella
$250
Balance
Elzbieta Krawecka - Balance
$250
Reclaim
Elzbieta Krawecka - Reclaim
$250
High Up
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Elzbieta Krawecka - High Up
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$250
Tangerine
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Tangerine
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$250
Mentor
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Mentor
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$250
Listener
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Listener
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$250
Teacher
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Teacher
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$250
Guide
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Guide
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$250
High Hopes
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Elzbieta Krawecka - High Hopes
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$250
Infinity
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Infinity
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$250
Patriot
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Patriot
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$250
Visitor
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Visitor
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$250
Rain
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Elzbieta Krawecka - Rain
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$250

Born in Krakow, Poland, and having lived at a young age in Kuwait with her family, Elzbieta Krawecka then moved to Canada to receive her formal art training at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD, 1989-1994) where she also participated in OCAD’s Off-Campus Program in Florence, Italy (1992-1993). She has been exhibiting her work throughout Canada since 1997.

Krawecka has mastered several of the old European painting techniques, while continuing to pursue international travel as an activity that deeply inspires her work. Her most recent trips have concentrated on exploring Canada; Yukon, the west coast , Newfoundland where she returns every year and the Canadian Arctic.

With their low horizon lines, sculpted cloud formations and chiaroscuro lighting, Krawecka’s swelling skyscapes recall the compositional techniques reminiscent of Van Ruisdael’s View of Haarlem from the Dunes at Oveveen (1670). Continuing the tradition of seventeenth-century Dutch landscape paintings, where the sky or water fills almost three-quarters of the picture space, Krawecka’s personal take on the landscape is further touched by the quality of her own contemporaneity and nostalgia for turner’s subtle treatment of light and space, Caravaggio’s dramatic use of tenebresco, Monet’s organization of tone and pattern, and the forceful energy of nineteenth-century Polish painters like Chelmonski, Gierymski and Kotsis.

Krawecka's paintings depict large open spaces, such as skies and surfaces, defined by pattern formations which seem to always be on the brink of change. Her skyscapes are an ongoing exploration of the nature of light and its potential to describe space in terms of movement. In her approach to the ever-changing subject matter of landscape, Krawecka strives to capture the constant movement of the skies and of light itself, which results in an atmospheric blurring of boundaries between masses of land, bodies of water, and sky - between solid and void, matter and light.

At times seeping with the rich hues of a sublime sunset or the brooding darkness of an impending storm the paintings are at once inviting and ominous to the viewer. Despite the variance among Krawecka’s skyscapes, the ultimate thesis underlying her series is the ubiquitous nature of the sky. This is to say, the sky refers to a universal space of collective, rather than individual, memory.