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About

I was raised in Szczecin, Poland. I have always been emotionally attached to the city of my childhood, adolescence and part of my adult life, although the prevailing color of buildings stores and yards I remember is grey in its different tones. I realize now the extent to which my Polish background has had an impact on my painting.

I moved to Canada from Poland in 1996 and I decided to discontinue my scientific carrier in Animal Science to pursue my profession as a painter. In 2002 I received a BFA from the University of Guelph in Canada and in 2006 I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with an MFA in painting. Studying in distant state and being separated from my family as well as facing multiple problems I developed depressive moods also greatly influencing my work. Inspiration from the painters Francis Bacon, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero and Marlene Dumas also invigorated my ideas of depicting a female figure in conditions of turmoil and conflict.

My recent work presents my new interest in landscape and is inspired by local forests. My links to the theme include reminiscences of my father, a forester, my previous training in biology, my artistic sensibilities and research in my artistic career. My enthusiasm for this theme is derived from a reverence of nature and a growing concern over it’s future.


Exhibitions / Recognition / Press


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016     Tangled Beauty, Central Library in Kitchener,ON

2015     Echoes of Growth, Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, ON

2014     Poised and Unbalanced, Capacity 3 Gallery, Boarding House of Arts, Guelph, ON

2014     Image of Detachment, Gallery M Contemporary, Toronto (Thornhill)

2014     Simply Portraits, Carden 10, Guelph, ON

2010     Becoming Transparent, Au Natural Solo Show Award at Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery   Astoria, OR, USA

2009      Insufficiency of Self, ArtSpace Gallery, Ames, Iowa, USA

2006      A Life Worth Examining, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

2006      Child Within/Woman Child, Miller Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

2001      Inspired Eyes, Zavitz Gallery, University of Guelph, Canada

2000      Would-be Systems, Biological Annex, University of Guelph, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016     38 VAM Juried Show of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Mississauga, ON

2016     Biennial Juried Exhibit,Glenhyrst Art gallery of Brand,Brandford,ON

2016     Architextural Identities, Central Library of Mississauga, ON

2016     9th OpenJuried Show,Beaux Arts, Brampton, ON

2016     The KWSA Annual Juried Show, Homer Watson House &Gallery,Kitchener,ON

2015     Kunterbunt, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, ON

2015     Insights, Juried Art Show, Wellington County Museum, Fergus, ON

2015     KWSA Annual Juried Exhibition Colour Dance, Homer Watson House & Gallery

2015     Guelph Studio Tour

2014     Glenhyrst Biennial Juried Exhibition, Glenhyrst Gallery, Brandford, ON

2014     Childhood Reveries,Juried Show at Guelph Civic Museum,Guelph, ON

2014     Annual Juried Exhibition, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener,ON

2014     Insights, Juried Annual Show, Wellington Museum of Art and Archves, Fergus, ON

2014     Guelph Jazz Festival Art Auction curated by Carolyn Meili

2014     Summer 14 Group Show, Tag Art Gallery, St.Catharines, ON

2014     Winter14 Group Show, Tag Art Gallery, St.Catharines,ON

2013     Art Gives Good Gifts, Rennan Isaacs Contemporary, Guelph, ON,Canada

2013     Fall 13 Group Show,Tag Art Gallery, St.Catharines, ON, Canada

2013     Insights,Juried ,Wellington County Museum, Fergus,ON

2013     Sunnyside Beach ,Juried Art Show, Art Initiatives,Toronto

2013     KWASA Annual Members Show, Waterloo, Button Factory

2013     6th Annual Open Juried Show 2013, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2013     Early Spring”13 Group Show, Tag Art Gallery, St. Catharines, ON, Canada

2012     Art Gives Good Gifts, Rennan Isaacs Contemporary, Guelph, ON, Canada

2012     “Body Drawings”, Peak Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2012     Identities,International Artexpo,Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association, Instanbul,Turkey

2012     “ Another Criteria”, Marzia Frozen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2012     “Insights”,Juried ,Wellington County Museum, Fergus, ON, Canada

2012     Effetto di Florence Biennale, Museum of the City Merida, Mexico

2012     Come Coriandoli a Carnevale, Galleria Monteoliveto, Naples, Italy

2011     2011 International Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy

2011     Bare Essentials, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA,

2010     Los Angeles Art Show, presented by Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010     United in Art, San Paolo, Edificio Villa Lobos Cultural, Bra/zil

2010     Women’s Vision, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010     Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, IL, USA

2010     Au Naturel, The Nude in the 21st Century, Art Center Gallery, Astoria, OR, USA

2009     Her Mark 2010, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2009     Membership Annual Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2009    Works of Art on Paper, The Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts & Science, Loveladies, NJ, USA

2009    Icons & Art, J Lucas Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USA

2008    Her Mark 2009, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2008    Works of Art on Paper, The Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, NJ,USA

2008    Promenade, Gallery Arte, Des Moines, IA, USA

2008    40 National Art Exhibition, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA, USA

2006    Signatures of Age, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2006    Annual Graduate Exhibition, the University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

2005    Go Figure, Panza gallery, Milvale, PA, USA

2005    Annual Graduate Show, the University Museum, IUP, PA, USA

2005    IUP Graduate Art Association Exhibition, Modern Formations Gallery and Performance Space, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2004    Advanced Drawing and Graduate Work’, Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2004    The Eye and the Hand, Etobicoke Civic centre Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2004    Three Times One, Coop Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2003    Toronto-Artists’ Inspiration, Gallery Toronto, Canada

2003    Juried Drawing Exhibition The Eye and the Hand, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Toronto, Canada

2002    Ten Top Winners of the 34th Juried Art Show, Zavitz Gallery, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

2002    Juried 42nd Painting on the Green (GCAA), Guelph, Canada

2001    Chasing after the Elusive, Acadia Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2001    Would be Systems, BA Honors Thesis Show, Zavitz Gallery, University of Guelph, Canada

2000    Juried 40th Painting On the Green, GCAA, Guelph, Canada

2000    Juried show of GCAA Expressions, Guelph, Canada

Selected Awards Honors and  Grants

2016   First Place ,38 VAM Juried Show of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Mississauga, ON

2016   Golden Juror’s Award ,The KWSA Annual Juried Show, Homer Watson Gallery

2015    First Place, Architextural Identities, Central Library of Mississauga, ON

2015    Painting Award of 36th Annual Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts “Insights”,Wellington    Museum of Art and Archives, Fergus ,Ontario

2015     Silver Juror’s Award of KWSA Juried Exhibition, Homer Watson House and Gallery,Kitchener,Ontario

2013     Honorable Mention ,6th Annual Open Juried Show, Beaux-Art Brampton2016

2012     Wall Competition Award, Gallery Peak, Toronto, ON, Canada

2011     Juried Winner Select in category of drawing, the 6th round in 2011 Artslant showcase series

2011     4th International Award of LORENZO de MEDICI in the category of installation, Dec 11, 2011, Florence Biennale, Italy

2010     Solo Show Award, Clatsop Community College, Art Center Gallery Astoria, OR, USA

2010     Workshop Award, Clatsop Community College, Art Center Gallery, Astoria, OR, USA

2005     Research Grant “Not only Butterflies Fly”, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2002     7th place in Top 10 Winners of 34 Juried Art Show, SOFAM, U of G. Guelph, Canada

2002     First Prize, Juried 42nd Painting on the Green ( GCAA), Guelph, Canada

2000     Honorable Mention, Juried 40th Painting On the Green, GCAA, Guelph, Canada

2000    Two Honorable Mentions, Juried show of GCAA Expressions, Guelph, Canada

Public Commissions

2015     2 artworks commissioned by University of Guelph and CAVEPM

2006     1 artwork commissioned by Ontario Veterinary College,University of Guelph

2004     2 artworks commissioned by Ontario Veterinary College,University of Guelph

Catalogues

2016    Visual Arts Mississauga,38th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts

2016,    9th Open Juried Show, Beaux Arts, Brampton

2015    Insights,juried Exhibition, Wellington County Museum & Archives

2014    Insigts, Juried Exhibition, Wellington County Museum & Archives

2014    Guelph Jazz Festival Art Auction

2013    6th Annual Open Juried Show, Beaux-Arts, Brampton

2012    Insights, Juried Exhibition,Wellington County Museum & Archives

2012    Exhibicion Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo, Effetto Biennale, Merida 2012, p.12 ,2011,

2011    Catalogue of 2011 Florence Biennial, Italy, page 5

2010    Catalogue of the 2010 Los Angeles Art Show, p. 182

2010    Catalogue for Au Naturel Solo show at Art Center Gallery of Clatsop Community College, Astoria , OR, USA

Publications and Interviews

2016    Chris Clay,Exhibition at AGM rare opportunity for regional artists,The News Mississauga, January 21, Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016     Rlaud Abdul,Samuel Kan,And First Place goes to..,The Medium,Jan.18,2015, http://themedium.ca/arts/and-first-place-goes-to

2015    Robert Reid, Nature a Big Inspiration…Kitchener Record, April 9, Section C

2015     Homer Watson House and Gallery News Letter, Fall Exhibition, curatorial   statement, p.3

2015     Vam Announces Opening of Architextural Identities Exhibit,”https://northmississauga.snapd.com/event/890178#/,Snapd,North Mississauga,photos by Jay Ward, December 9,2015

2014     J.Z.:Exposing Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Toronto New York Art MagazineTussle http://www.tusslemagazine.com/#!grazyna-adamska-jarecka/ctu0, May 8, 2014

2014     Guelph Tribune, Yep it’s Her, entertainment, March 13, 2014

2014      Highbrow Magazine, Vol 3, issue 3, p.8.and 19

2013     Brampton Guardian Article of April 13, 2013 “And the Award Goes to”

2011     Nancy Charak, Minimalism at Chicago Woman Made Bare Essentials, Rounder Studio Art and Stuff,Tuesday September 13, 2011, http://rounderstudiostuff.blogspot.ca/2011/09/minimalism-at-woman-made-bare-essentials.html

2010     Michael Morain, Becoming Transparent , 2010 Catalogue for Au Naturel Solo show at Art Center Gallery of Clatsop Community College, Astoria , OR, USA

2010     Kristin Schauk, Curator’s Statement, 2010 Catalogue for Au Naturel Solo show at Art Center Gallery of Clatsop Community College, Astoria ,OR

2010     Airi Kondo-Mattews,’ Becoming Transparent at CCC’,The Bandit, Oct.2010, p.8

2010     Becoming Transparent, Au Naturel Solo Show Award Winner Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka’, HIPFiSH monthly, vol 11, issue 144, p.16, September 2010

2010     Midwestern Masterpieces, Rockford Register Star, January 18, 2010

2010     Her Mark, A Journal of Art and Poetry, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, p.59

2010     Studio Visit Magazine, vol.7 p.4, The Open Studio Press, Boston, MA

2009     Michael Morain , Art of Healing ,  Des Moines Register, April 12, 2009, p.2

2009     Her Mark, A Journal of Art and Poetry of Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009     The Insufficiency of Self on Display in ArtSpace Gallery, The Ames Tribune, April 12, p.B2

2008     Studio Visit Magazine, vol 2, p.4, The Open Studio Press, Boston, MA,USA

2001     Janusz Szajna, Uchwycic to co Ulotne, Gazeta Ontario, September 6, 2001, p.18

In Online Collections

2012 Figures and Forms Curated by SAATCHI ONLINE, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2012 Bare, Curated by SAATCHI ONLINE, Los Angeles, CA, USA,

2012 Art-Figurative 4 / pinterest.com

2012 Art Paintings-People, p 1

2012 Monochrome Art, Pinterest

Artist’s Writings

2010 Becoming Transparent, the assay in the catalogue Au Naturel solo show at Astoria, OR, USA

Lectures and Talks

2015 Echoes of Growth, About approaches to painting landscapes, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener

2009 Image of Disengagement, Department of Art, Painting Club,Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

Education

2006 MFA, (Painting), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

2002 BA, (honors) in Studio Art, University of Guelph, Canada

Work

2007-2010 Art Instructor at Octagon Art Centre, Ames, IA

2010- now -Art Instructor at Guelph Art School,

2013 -now –Art Instructor at Evergreen Senior Centre, Guelph

Presented By

Gallery M Contemporary, Toronto (Thornhill),Canada

Ward Nasse Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Tag Art Gallery, St Catharines, ON, Canada

Saatchii Online, Artslant online