26 x 42 inches
My work focuses on the fluid junctures of nature/culture, city/country as well as my own position with regard to them. My paintings have primarily been based on observation and photo-imagery. I carry my camera with me constantly and take lots of pictures. I try to record with my camera; objects, situations that draw my
attention or that I find aesthetically captivating and of significance to me. The elusive mystery of light is my favorite subject. Sunlight, ordinary and yet extraordinary, shapes my paintings. I believe in traditional skills: drawing, composition, use of colours. I’m fascinated by technique, by the sheer ability of putting paint on the surface of the canvas. My brush strokes are broad and energetic. I enjoy the materiality of paint and the surfaces of my paintings are rich and textural.
Born in Poland Marzena Kotapska immigrated to Canada in her early twenties. Throughout Marzena’s life, from belonging to an elementary school art club, to attending School of Art and Design in her native Poland, then continuing her art education after she emigrated to Canada. While working and rasing family she never forgot her first love, painting. The arts were always a central and important part of her world. Over the years she attended Ontario Collage of Art and Design and in 2006 when the Collage became University she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Marzena have built a successful painting practice.
Over the last two decades now she has participated in many juried group exhibitions and gallery’s exhibits. She has sold hundreds of paintings to private and public collectors, including: The City of Toronto, City Gallery – permanent collection.
She is represented by Project Gallery in Toronto and Art@231 in Hamilton.