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Kathryn Wadel is an emerging artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2017, she completed her BFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a Visual Art major and Social Practice & Community Engagement minor. Kathryn is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist, exploring the relationships between culture, art, science and social-engagement within her practice. In February 2017, Kathryn curated and participated in the group exhibition Spacial Perception And Creative Entropy (SPACE). The artwork in this exhibit investigated parallels between scientific and artistic pursuits to facilitate discourse between the two fields and ultimately challenge the material constructs of reality. Exploring similar themes to SPACE, in early 2018 her work will be featured in Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW), a four-year SSHRCC funded interdisciplinary art and science project, involving collaboration between artists and physicists to develop a shared understanding of how knowledge can be translated across disciplines and communities. As part of her pedagogical practice, Kathryn is the coordinator and instructor at the DeSerres Studio. She facilitates and encourages art-making as a creative process through socially-engaged material play. In Kathryn’s current studio practice, she explores cognitive processes that develop, strengthen and degrade memories and perception of reality.Within this body of work, she likens the material transformations from her projection sculpture and paintings to the cognitive processes of the mind that form, recall and recreate memories. As themes transfer from one medium to another, Kathryn questions what is lost, gained and abstracted by the mind. View Kathryn's work at www.kathrynwadel.com
Sára J. Molčan is a Canadian artist living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. Sára graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in painting. Instilled with a painterly quality, Sára's work is characterized by her essential pastel palette heavy with white, combined with splashes of bright neons (mostly pink) and muddy, muted neutrals. Facial features emerge from the layers of her paintings, creating a balancing act between figuration and abstraction. Sára's work makes a statement on our emotional relationships with memory, exploring the tension between the unconscious memory and the reformulation of a personal psychology. Sára is the studio coordinator at DeSerres on Broadway. View Sára's work at www.saramolcan.com
Mathew Fierke is a Vancouver-based visual artist currently pursuing his BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His artistic style draws from traditional and digital influences. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Mathew studied Classical and Computer Animation at Max the Mutt Animation School and Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art + Design in Toronto. His diverse educational background has expanded his knowledge of art history and heavily informed his digital / classical drawing and painting repertoire. View Mathew's work at www.instagram.com/mathewfierke
Anna Sheversky is a Canadian abstract artist working and living in Vancouver, BC. She began painting from a very young age and knew instinctively that art would be a large part of her life. Having both a father and a grandfather who are artists, only foretold that Anna would be immersed into the astonishing world of art. In 2011 Anna graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Design from Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD U) in Toronto, Canada. Following her studies at OCAD University, after displaying a high degree of aptitude, Anna furthered her studies at the prestigious ESAG Penninghen School of Design in Paris, France. While living and studying in Paris, Anna took the advantage of visiting European counties such as: England, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Luxembourg and Sweden - which have further influenced in her development as an artist. Anna's experiences traveling around the world have strongly influenced her bold intricate works inspired by aerial views from our stunning planet. View Anna's work at www.annasheversky.com
Allyx Nakonechny is originally from Lloydminster Alberta, but relocated to Vancouver for the 3D animation program at VanArts. Allyx paints with watercolours and acrylic and illustrates with pen and ink and graphite. Allyx has always been interested in story telling, and hopes to one day illustrate a children's book using her own characters. View Allyx's work at www.instagram.com/allyxnakart
Luke Kasper is a self taught multi disciplinary artist specializing in murals. His journey as an artist all began accidentally as a kid stumbling across a spray can that would change his life. It wasn't the typical academic pathway for Kasper, he established an accredited name for himself on the streets, Later expanding into a journey of exhibiting, teaching and painting murals all around the globe; Bali, New Zealand, Thailand, Los Angeles, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver. Within the past 2 years of travel Kasper has painting 100+ murals, achieved a diploma of graphic design, exhibited in well accredited galleries, fallen through roofs while painting, used bamboo for roller poles, met crazy people, beautiful people and had the most unforgettable journey of his life. He landed in Vancouver one year ago, beginning where he came from... the streets. Busking turned into commission murals, murals expanded to exhibitions and exhibitions expanded to Teaching. After spending the summer painting alley ways, pianos, laser tag facilities, gyms, snowboards, canvas, cafes, roadways, trampoline centres and teaching the Studio In The City program with the North Vancouver Council the rainy season came and as did the next step in his journey. Teaching at DeSerres and concentrating on exhibiting the body of work he has created during his time in Vancouver.
Kristina Drinkwater is an abstract and illustrative artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She currently studies Fine Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kristina primarily works with ink, watercolour, and acrylic paints. Her painting style is diverse, ranging from clean, crisp lines, to free flowing drip techniques. In contrast, her drawing style primarily focuses on illustrative figures. Various elements inspire Kristina's art, such as filmography, videogames, music, nature, and much more. Kristina shares her artwork and love of art supplies on her social media platforms, allowing her to incorporate her interests of photography, film and music into her creative process. View Kristina's work at www.instagram.com/kristina_drinkwater.
Madeline Ballou is originally from Washington State. Madeline graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Pacific Lutheran University with a concentration in oil painting. Her drawings and paintings are often inspired from life, and she enjoys art history and art materials. Madeline studied abroad at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, where she discovered her love for travel and became inspired by the natural landscapes of Ireland. Madeline served as an apprentice to an art restorer in her hometown for one year, after which she moved to Vancouver in search of artistic opportunity and adventure. She hopes to further her career and knowledge of art conservation. As an instructor at Deserres, Madeline is happy to have found an opportunity to share her knowledge with budding artists.