Barbara Kowalewski was born in Brussels Belgium to a Polish father and Belgium mother; her family immigrated to Canada shortly afterward. As both parents painted and carved wood as a leisure activity, it is not surprising that Barbara demonstrated an early interest in drawing pictures and carving bark with a penknife.
Barbara's first art teacher was her mother who not just guided her in basic technique, but also provided her a well rounded education in art history and appreciation.
From 1970 to 1974 she attended the Alberta College of Art and Design where she graduated with a four year diploma in Applied Arts, majoring in painting and printmaking.
After a long hiatus of thirty years, where she raised a family, she recovered her identity as an artist during a meeting of the graduates of the College (1974 - 2004).
It is with difficulties and doubts that she has worked a lot to regain her hand. After several years of testing - sculpture and painting - she begins to find her voice.
Now she has discovered a synthesis of relief and painting. She creates a thick texture on canvas and then paints with transparent inks. These surfaces suggest all kinds of imaginary scenes. This allows Barbara to express her love for this beautiful land without forgetting her penchant for the abstract. She works at home in her basement studio.
2007: Joined the Art Society of Strathcona County, Sherwood Park Alberta where she shows regularly in the biannual shows and the Society's Loft Gallery.
2007 and 2009: Awarded first place prizes in juried shows in her category.
2009: Participates in the annual Whyte Avenue Art Walk, Edmonton Alberta.
2010: Joined the Francophone Society of the Arts, Edmonton Alberta and shows regularly in the CAVA Gallery.
2013-2015: Membership shows at Gallery 501, Sherwood Park Alberta.
2007: Participates in the annual Strathcona County Art Acquisition.
2016: Group show, the Dow Center, Fort Saskatchewan Alberta.
2017: Solo exhibit, the Dow Center, Fort Saskatchewan Alberta.
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