Ann Zielinski, "Mediterranean Memories," 2006, acylic on canvas, 40" x 60".
Kurbatoff Art Gallery, Vancouver
April 30 – May 17, 2007
By Beverly Cramp
Like a novelist who doesn’t set out knowing what will happen to the characters in her book, Ann Zielinski says her paintings end in surprises. “I tend to paint into the unknown,” she says. “I don’t set out to paint some thing. I’m on an unknown journey. For the first half or more of the painting, I’m along for the ride. With every painting I have to sense where I am within the process. And the painting is more than a picture: it has to have a bit of how I feel and what I’m sensing.” Zielinski’s latest acrylic paintings, marking 28 years of art-making, continue her line of abstract work. Her work is often heavily textured with many layers, and frequently inspired by natural scenes and forms. Though she has studied art in ad hoc courses at Emily Carr in Vancouver, Zielinski’s art education has been primarily self-directed. But she was fortunate to have one of Canada’s leading artists visit her island studio. “Jack Shadbolt was a neighbour of mine on Hornby Island. He came to my studio several times and gave me some good pointers. His critiques were some of the best I’ve ever had.”
Represented by: Kurbatoff Art Gallery, Vancouver; Gallery 223, Nanaimo.