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
April 18 - July 12 - The Illusion of Reality, SOLO EXHIBITION at the OAG Annex at City Hall Gallery, Vernissage on Thursday, April 30 at 5.30 pm, Ottawa City Hall, 110Laurier Avenue West. Free admission, open to public. http://www.ottawaartgallery.ca
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.
June 23 - July 12 - Urban Colours, Foyer Gallery, Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa ON. http://foyergallery.com
July 4 & 5 - Glebe Art in Garden Tour, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. See map at www.glebearttour.ca
July 11 & 12 - Renfrew Art in the Park, Saturday 9am to 5 pm and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm, Haramis PArk, Renfrew, ON. www.renfrewartguild.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. “The Illusion of Reality” is on until July 12, 2015." Ottawa Life Magazine.
- SOLO Exhibition at the Ottawa City Hall.
- Public Choice Award at the 2014 International Art Exhibition in Bologna, Italy.