Includes Nikol Haskova
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12 - 5 pm
Showing Nikol Haskova
As Canada House Gallery artists Michael Cameron, Susie Cipolla, and Nikol Haskova progress in their artistic journeys, they all transmute their life experiences with animals into visual stories.
Susie Cipolla enjoys brief chance meetings with domestic animals and wildlife that pass through on her rural property. Rural living provides her with solitude and space to comprise original portraits of bears, deer, moose alongside the cows and pigs and other domesticated animals that live on nearby farms.
Michael Cameron’s awareness of human interactions with wild creatures in the Rocky Mountains is forefront in his paintings. Wolves are a personal favourite of this artist and he seeks to bring attention and understanding to their “living conditions” in the Bow Valley. Individually or in a pack, wolves are this artists’ metaphor for community.
Nikol Haskova has fascination with birds as messengers and storytellers and photographs them regularly to use as reference in her studio. She conveys the lightness of spirit and distinct personalities of each avian creature she encounters in her detailed depictions.
Each painter has a deep sensitivity toward these subjects. Independent in their art practices, combined they are unparalleled in their understanding of animals and our connection to them.
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 in Czechoslovakia in 1972. Nationality is Canadian.
. Nationality is Canadian
mentorship studies under Suzanne Northcott, ongoing
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
Loranger & Marcoux Lawyers, Montreal, QC
Venture Law Group, Edmonton, AB
The Bison, Banff, AB
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
Whistler Health Care Foundation