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
May 22 - September 23 - NFAL Annual Awards Exhibition, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepoint Dr, Ottaw ,ON, Vernissage on June 8, 8-7.30pm. http://www.nepeanfinearts.com.
August 15 - Art on Experimental Farm, Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rain date: August 16. at the Central Experimental Farm, Arboretum, around building 72. http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/events.htm
August 22 - 29 - RISE International Exhibition, Castello Estense, Ferrara, Italy. Opening Reception Saturday, August 22 at 5.53 PM. http://www.arttourinternational.com/rise
September 12 & 13 - Studio Tour - Fundraiser in support of the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Saturday & Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm at 195 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. www.artistsincanada.com/margaret
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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.