The mighty splendor of the Ottawa River and the ever-changing moods of the Gatineau Hills are the signature theme of the award winning artist Margaret Chwialkowska. In her mesmerizing oil paintings, fantastical colors and dramatic textures transform familiar riverbanks into emotional soulscapes. She wants to capture the feeling of being overwhelmed by the natural, almost magical beauty of a landscape. Margaret paints alla prima, blending pigments on canvas with a palette knife. This technique permits a loose, spontaneous style allowing textures to evolve naturally.
Born and educated in Poland, Margaret has lived in Canada since 1979 and continues to be moved by the power and richness of the North American landscape. She has painted landscapes in the Northwest Territories, Ontario’s lake country, and southern California.
She wants her art to be positive, free, beautiful and romantic – something you cannot live without. She is represented by Art Galleries and her works are in private and corporate collections in Canada, US and Europe.
Margaret is a loyal supporter of the Ottawa Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting the ecological health and future of the Ottawa River. Her Art Studio Tour-Fundraiser became a celebrated annual event.
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” (Claude Monet)
CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
November 5 - January 24 - Art & Parcel a Holiday Show, Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Avenue, www.ottawaartgallery.com
November 26 - December 19, Holiday Fundraising Art Show, Opening Reception, Nov.26, 5pm-8pm, Ottawa School of Art, 35 George Street, Ottawa, ON, http://artottawa.ca/holiday-art-submissions-2015/
December 1 - January 3 - A Little Art, Holiday Show at the Foyer Gallery, Nepean Sportsplex, Entrance 1, 1701 Woodroffe, Ottawa, ON, www.foyergallery.com
December 4 - 6 - NFAL Fall Art Show 2015, Friday, 6-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, Ukrainian Banquet Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue, Ottawa, ON. www.nepeanfinearts.com .
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- "Ottawa City Hall is the perfect place for Chwialkowska’s paintings. Her impressive body of work, is a vision of Canadian identity and a proud example of local talent". Ottawa Life Magazine.
- ATIM 2015 CHOICE AWARD at the International Art Exhibition "RISE - Created from the Heart" in Ferrara, Italy, August 2015.
- Public Choice Award at the 2014 International Art Exhibition in Bologna, Italy.