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Orphic (study) (from Boundless: Sublime Maelstrom series)


Orphic (study) (from Boundless: Sublime Maelstrom series) Painting

Marian Wihak


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 40 W x 30 H x 2 D in

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In my Boundless series of primarily large-scale oil paintings, I reference cloud masses, dramatic weather systems, and limitless geographical horizons inspired by time spent in Canada’s South Western prairies. "Orphic (study)", measuring 30" x 40" is one of the preliminary oil paintings in this series, done while in residency at the Banff Centre, and though a 'study', it stands as one of my favourite paintings. Using dense pigment thinly applied, form and scale contrast against a luminous ground, I am inspired by the ephemeral nature of light and the sustenance it provides in physical, psychic and symbolic terms. These oil paintings are expansive, stylized representations that are as much metaphors for spiritual longing as they are portraits of a magnificent geography. The concept of “boundless” is compelling not least due to its relationship with that of the sublime and because it has been a universal concept since the beginning of conscious thinking; The word chaos has been used to describe this limitless space and draws its original twofold meaning from the ancient Greek word cha, “holding and releasing”. As a connective thread, my work aims to convey the experience of being within infinite physical space that tethers and perhaps diminishes us, yet also exhilarates and fulfills us by igniting the imaginative leap.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:40 W x 30 H x 2 D in

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Canadian multi-disciplinary artist Marian Wihak was born and raised in the city of Regina, in the great plains of South Central Saskatchewan, and lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Originally trained in theatre design, and with a long-standing career as a film production designer, Marian is also a visual artist with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design from OCADU. For many years the focus of her visual art practice has been creating evocative, large-scale oil paintings that chart nocturnal lightscapes both rural and urban, inner psychological landscapes, and dynamic weather systems. In recent years she also builds on her familiarity with and understanding of spatial responsiveness and metaphoric narrative, integrating her design and visual art practices to develop new possibilities in immersive and experiential environments. This serves her overarching interest in the overlapping perceptive and phenomenological aspects of chaos, the sublime and duration. Marian has been the recipient of numerous nominations and awards for her theatre and film design work and as a visual artist has being supported by the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She was also a Finalist in the prestigious RBC Painting Competition (2001). Her work can has been exhibited across Canada and can be found in private and corporate collections in North America.

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