BEAR - CIPOLLA, COLE, LEMAY, MARTIN

Includes Susie Cipolla, Richard Cole, Robert Lemay, Sarah Martin
Saturday March 3, 2 - 5 pm

Showing Nikol Haskova

BEAR - CIPOLLA, COLE, LEMAY, MARTIN

Presenting both established and emerging artists in this exhibition Canada House Gallery offers a diverse glimpse at a loved and revered subject – BEAR. Situated in Canada’s First National Park and a World UNESCO Heritage site, we adore all that makes our place sacred, and that includes our wildlife. Bears represent the whole of nature, and we cherish their safety, their habitat, their future.

Richard Cole and Robert Lemay have been anchor artists at CHG for years, yet the BEAR is a relatively new subject for them. We are pleased to welcome emerging artists, Susie Cipolla & Sarah Martin to the gallery and our collectors and show how BEAR inspires them in their work.

A portion of the proceeds will go towards WildSmart; a program of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, a non-profit charitable organization. Established in 2005, WildSmart is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts by communities to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions. Their goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education/outreach programs and help support direct management activities that will aid in increasing public safety and enjoyment as well as contribute towards sustainable wildlife populations.

The funds that you will be donating to WildSmart will be used to recruit and train new volunteers for their Wildlife Ambassador Program. Come meet Nick de Ruyter, WildSmart Education and Outreach Coordinator, at the reception.

No artwork is currently available for display online.

A fascination with the world of art began at an early age for Nikol. Born in the former Czechoslovakia, she remembers sketching, painting, poetry and acting being her interests from childhood.

Nikol began her full time artistic career in 2006. She was then deeply moved by urban sprawl occurring at a rapid pace in the Vancouver area. Aiming to visually document the dramatic changes in her community, Haskova became interested in not only the morphing natural scenery, but also its habitants. A particular fondness for crows started after the artist observed not only their intelligence, but determination and
adaptability in adverse conditions as well. Nikol has photographed, interacted with and painted countless crows and other birds, at times assigning them human traits, finding a satisfying metaphor between the two.

Currently, Haskova is exploring infusing street art into her hyper-realistic portraits of birds. She is enjoying the contrast between the looseness and boldness of graffiti and the detail and fineness of nature. Mixed media is also a big part of her work. Nikol often has to invent her own techniques to incorporate new material into her acrylic based works.

Born on 1972 in Born in Czechoslovakia. Nationality is Canadian

Education

predominantly self-taught
mentorship studies under Suzanne Northcott, ongoing

Exhibitions

2017 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2017 Stolen Moments, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
2016 Joy, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2015 Rough Edged Romance, Strange Fellows, Vancouver, BC
2014 Beautiful Murder and Then Some, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2011 18 Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2011 Coexistence?, solo exhibition and installation, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Modern Figure, The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
2010 Thief or Soulmate, solo exhibition, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2009 16 Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2009 I’m Fine, You’re Fine, On the Rise, Vancouver BC
2009 Beautiful Spring, Art Forte, Seattle, WA
2009 Roots, Canada House Gallery, Banff AB
2007 Glimpse, solo exhibition, Adele Campbell, Whistler BC
2006 Divas, Adele Campbell, Whistler BC

Collections

Loranger & Marcoux Lawyers, Montreal, QC
Venture Law Group, Edmonton, AB
The Bison, Banff, AB

Publications

2016 “Echo” exhibition feature, Galleries West
2014 “Artists to Collect” by Portia Priegert, Galleries West
2009 “I’m Fine, You’re Fine, Artists Respond to Climate Change” by Zoe Peled, curated for On the Rise, Vancouver, BC
2008 “Every Painting Tells a Story” by Ingrid King, Magazin Art, Westmount, QC, published in English and French
2007 “Window on Her World”, cover story by Brenda Anderson, Langley Times
2006 “Divas Come Together” by Britt Germann, Question, Whistler, BC

Commissions

Whistler Health Care Foundation

Credits