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CONTACT

For commission and purchase inquiries, or to schedule a visit to the studio, please email dmkulig@rogers.com or call 416 231 2478.

STUDIO 19
19 Birchcroft Road
Toronto, ON
Canada
M9A 2L5
ABOUT DARLENE  A O C A


Darlene Kulig was awarded the CSEA/Berol Prismacolour National Art Scholarship awarded to six Canadian students entering Fine Arts based on outstanding potential in visual arts. Graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design she quickly moved into a commercial setting and within four years of graduating was running her own successful design studio.

Darlene began painting full time ten years ago. Her work utilizes synthesis or stylization - an approach that came into Eurocentric art from Japan in the mid 1800’s. Many of Canada’s great landscape painters (Lawren Harris being an obvious example) have done this. Darlene makes her approach her own by using strong (high key) colour and uniting smaller shapes into larger more powerful areas by controlling her values. Her love of the beauty available in the Canadian landscape is clear. What is especially impressive is that she has developed a unique very personal approach that "feels" Canadian.

TorontoHOME and Ottawa Life Magazine have featured Darlene’s award winning work, showcasing her vibrant, coast to coast Canadian landscapes.  Global Affairs Canada has installed a selection of Kulig Canadian Landscapes in Canadian Embassies buildings in North America, Europe, the Middle East and South America and The Mayo clinic has Darlene’s work hanging in the Rochester Clinic.  Pomegranate Communications has licensed Darlene’s
work to be reproduced as contemporary Canadian content in their international product line.
In spring 2019 the award winning RockyMountaineer commissioned Darlene to ride and paint the Rocky Mountains for a Canadian Rockies series and in December 2019 Darlene
was the featured artist in The AGO Art Rental and Sales Holiday guide.

Currently, Darlene is focusing her creative efforts on developing a recognizable, signature Kulig Canadian landscape as well as traveling with an eye for her next painting series. During Covid Darlene has created a line of fund raising face masks to support The Craig Kulig Memorial fund funding cancer research. A member of the Etobicoke Art Group and Neilson Park Creative Centre where she studies and paints, you can find her work in galleries across Canada and the United States as well as private collections around the world.


UPCOMING CHARITY EVENTS

May 31 Ottawa Life Magazine Mizrahi Ride for Cure Art Event in memory of Craig Kulig
June 1 Camp Ooch Painted Paddle Auction
SPRING 2020 Face Masks benefitting The Craig Kulig Memorial Fund


SHOWS

One of a Kind Show November 2019
Children’s Aid Foundation Teddy Bear Affair Charity Auction November 2019
American Art Collector Feature Article September 2019
Colour and Form Society 67th Juried Show November 2019
Ottawa LIfe Magazine Feature Article April 2018
Mizrahi Ottawa Hospital Foundation Cancer Fund Raiser Solo Show May 2018
Canadian Embassy in Bratislava Solo Art Show August 2017
Etobicoke Art Group Juried Show 2017, FIRST PRIZE Award Winner
Buckingham FIne Art, Uxbridge Art Show with Don Cavin
TorontoHOME Magazine feature article:
Artist Project, February 2016
Spider Jones Believe to Acheive Charity Event, November 2015
Westmount Gallery, Toronto, Solo Show, August 2014
WINNER Etobicoke Art Group Juried Show, Etobicoke Civic Centre, May 2014
Bended Spoons Gallery, Toronto, June 2013
Gilda's Club Charity Art Auction, Toronto, June 2013
Art Gallery of Hamilton Art & Design Show, May 2014
"Variations" Group Show, Great Hall Gallery, Fleming College, May 2013
Bartlett Gallery, Alton Hills, January 2013
Curry's Charitable Art Auction "Hang Art, Lift Hearts", Liberty Grand, Toronto, October 2011
Living Rock, Building Foundations for Youth, Art Auction, Hamilton, May 2011
33rd VAM Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga. February, 2011
The Gallery of Caribbean Art, Barbados WI. December, 2010
John B Aird Juried Drawing Show, Toronto. 2008

ARTIST STATEMENT

Early in my youth I developed a love for drawing. Everyday objects, faces and scenes would inspire me to draw and revealed to me a place of total contentment. Originally from Ottawa, I moved to Toronto to study at OCAD. Working for 20 years as a graphic designer and running my own studio has proven to be the training ground that developed a strong work ethic and a solid tool box. The designer in me loves simple shape and bold colour while the painter in me explores light, rhythm and personal connection. I continue to play with a careful balance between my intellectual and intuitive self.

When I travel I take hundreds of photographs which I use as reference for the authentic details in my work. I carefully design and draw out my painting on a dark ground colour before I start to paint. Whether I am painting a portrait, a stunning Canadian landscape or an urban street scene in Europe, my goal is to reveal the lifeforce of my subject.

While Henri Matisse said, “I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things, my goal is to capture “the thing about the thing.” In so doing, I attempt to capture the sentient quality of all forms around us. I hope that my work is both relatable and familiar to my audience.
EXHIBITIONS

Featured Artist Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Holiday Gift Guide, December, 2019
Colour and Form Society 67th Juried Show, November, 2019
Solo Art Charity Fundraiser at Mizrahi Developments Presentation Centre, Ottawa May 31, 2018
West End Gallery Edmonton, Calendar Group Show, December 2017
WaterStone Foundation Fundraiser Islington Golf Club, November, 2017
Crescent Hill Gallery Fall Group Show Oct, 2017
Canadian Embassy in Bratislava, Solo Show August 2017
Buckingham Fine Art. Don Cavin & Darlene Kulig, Tall Trees & Small Towns Art Show November, 2016
Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Sale, April, 2016
Artist Project CNE 2016
Kingsway Lambton United Church Art Show, April, 2015
McMichael Gallery Autumn Art Show, October 2014
Westmount Gallery Solo Show, Toronto, August 2014
Bartlett Gallery, Alton Hills, 2013
Gilda's Club Charity Art Auction, Toronto, June 2013
Westmount Gallery Group Show, Toronto, December 2012
Latitude 44, Toronto, Prom Dress Series Exhibition. June 2012
Curry's Charitable Art Auction "Hang Art, Lift Hearts", Liberty Grand, Toronto, October 2011
The 33rd VAM Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga. February, 2011
Gallery of Caribbean Art, Barbados WI. December, 2010
GALLERY REPRESENTATION

CANADA
TORONTO
Westmount Gallery
AGO Art Rentals
PI Fine Art

HAMILTON
Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Rentals


United States
PORTLAND, OR
Pomegranate Communications


INTERNATIONAL
PARIS
Singulart

UK
Saatchi Art