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Featured Artist: Natalie Kurzuk, BFA, ASA


Natalie Kurzuk, Dance with Me

Natalie Kurzuk, Dance with Me

Biography

Natalie Kurzuk, BFA, ASA was born in Saskatchewan and has been a Calgarian since 1966. She was introduced to the “joys of art” by artists Wynona Mulcaster, in Teachers’ College, and Otto Rogers at the University of Saskatchewan in 1960-61. She received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in sculpture and painting) in 1979 from the University of Calgary.

For more than 25 years, Natalie taught art at the high school level in Calgary and gave private art lessons from her home. She has worked, studied and taught in a variety of disciplines, including drawing, printmaking, black and white photography, sculpture and painting in acrylics, watercolours and oils.

Natalie Kurzuk, Climb Every Mountain

Natalie Kurzuk, Climb Every Mountain

Natalie is an experimental, mixed-media artist who often incorporates found objects into her artwork. As a process painter she has created a body of work filled with symbolism that reflects her personal life’s journey. Natalie has learned to trust her intuition as she attaches photo transfers and collage to her supports. Through the layering of, primarily acrylic paint, gels and acrylic mediums, she uses the additive-subtractive method to achieve the results she desires, often allowing the material to guide the direction of each painting, as she tries to capture the “essence” of a particular feeling or moment in time.

Since retiring from teaching in 1996, Natalie has had ten solo shows and has taken part in over seventy-five group shows. Her paintings hang in private collections in Canada, Jamaica and the USA. Natalie is an active member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Leighton Art Centre.

Natalie Kurzuk, Birds of a Feather

Natalie Kurzuk, Birds of a Feather

ASA Q & A

ASA: Could you tell us about your influences?
Natalie: In the 60’s I was first inspired by artist and teacher, Wynona Mulcaster at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by Otto Rogers who also taught there. In the 70’s I was fortunate enough to take a class from Roy Kiyooka and John Hall (completely different styles in their own work, but were great mentors and motivators). In the 80’s I met Virginia Cobb, artist from New Mexico, at a workshop in Hawaii. Loved her energy and passion for art. She instilled the idea of taking chances in one’s paintings. Since then I have been fortunate to view many favorite artists’ paintings in galleries in New York, San Francisco, Mexico and many European cities. Here are some of my favorite artists who have inspired me and often nudge me in a new direction: Frank Whitford Klimt, Frida Kahlo, Robert Rauschenburg, Richard Diebenkorn, Jane Ash Poitrad and Mark Brandford.

ASA: Which body of your work would you consider most successful to date?
Natalie: I worked on my “used” teabag paintings for 12 years and had a show of the work yearly. These were the paintings I showed in New York City and in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
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