Katrina Jurjans

Katrina Jurjans

Montreal, QC, Canada

About Katrina Jurjans

I graduated from Concordia University in 2014 with a BFA in Studio Art and Art History. In my last years of studies, I became increasingly fascinated with spatial theory and in particular spaces of transition and notions of ephemerality, memory, transformation and emotionality. Manifesting in various forms throughout the years, these ideas have been brought to the conceptual forefront of my painting practice, where they have been solidified into the visual language of pattern, layering, colour and spatial tension.

Creating poetic narratives heavy with symbolism – where flowers embody feelings of absence and growth and rain clouds communicate intense emotion, I am interested in the power of analogies to tap in to the feelings we all experience. Shifting into the surreal, the depicted scenes – intimate, often nostalgic and heavy – are anchored to this world while simultaneously departing away from it. Sometimes flesh and blood, other times ghostly outlines, the figures I paint exist between somewhere real and imagined. While remaining evocative through gesture and expression, they are in a sense anonymous, representing emotions and memories rather than specific people.

In dream-like compositions, where patterns and colours fluctuate between foreground and background, I aim to challenge perceptual conventions of time and space. As a backdrop of floral wallpaper becomes the textile patterns of a woman’s blouse, or intricate dot patterns move from the sky into the eyes of a figure, the world presents itself as a continuously shifting and reshaping entity, often existing in many places at once. This notion is further strengthened by peripheral framing on the canvas’ edge, which acts as a visual marker between varying temporal and spatial realms. Concurrently, as I push patterns right to the edge of the canvas, my aim is to ignore conventions of framing as something that contains, but instead intersects through, and by doing so, play with the idea that the painting could in fact expand out infinitely, continuously undergoing transformations as it unfolds.

Education

Concordia University // graduated in 2014 with a BFA.

Events

RESIDENCIES
Artscape Gibraltor Point, Toronto Island, Toronto, 2018
Obracadobra, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2016
Concrète: Spatial Residency, Montreal, 2013

RECOGNITION
Best of Painting award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition // 2017
Best of Student (Marie Collins Memorial Award & Artscape Award) at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition // 2017
Emerging artist (juried) for The Artist Project, Toronto // 2017
Featured in Canadian Art's must see Toronto Shows Nov 9th - 15th for "a moment it all comes together (and you're the only one)" // 2017

Exhibitions

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2019
Solo Exhibition, momentarily i take the shape of a flower, Coldstream Fine Art, Toronto
The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles, California
The Artist Project, Toronto
2018
Solo Exhibition, in all forms love is reshaped, Vuco Artspace, Toronto
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
Group Exhibition, Dear World, Arta Gallery, Toronto
Group Exhibition, ŠMIJ (Šī Māksla Ir Jauna - This Art Is Young), Hashtag Gallery, Toronto
2017
Solo Exhibition, for a moment it comes together (and you’re the only one), Artscape Youngplace, Toronto
Independents Show, 1340 Queen Street West, Toronto
Artist Project (jury selected emerging artist), Toronto
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2016
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
Art in the Park, Oakville, Ontario
Artfest, Kingston, Ontario
Art on the Street, Guelph, Ontario