[ about ]
Claire Cepukas is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Bachelor of Fine Arts program. She draws motivation for her large scale paintings from her many years living and working remotely as a silviculturist in Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors is mirrored in her art with the use of vibrant colour, dynamic lines and bold shapes.
“I spend most days studying and appreciating the small details in forests, and although my use of colour may not realistically portray our natural world, I feel that it represents the vivifying effect nature can have on one’s self. I prefer working in a larger scale in hopes to further immerse the viewer in my environments, just as I am immersed physically and emotionally in Canada’s environments.”
Claire has also began to explore alternatives to studio painting because of her nomadic tendencies. Plein-air painting and sketching still-life's during her travels across Canada have broadened her use of mixed media. Working in this smaller format has led her to experimentations with coloured paper as well. She has found this medium supported her love of crisp lines, colour blocking, and textural qualities whilst minimizing the need for a larger work area.
[ curriculum vitae ]
2018 London Artists' Studio Tour, London ON
2017 Factory Artists Present: Open Studio, London, ON
Factory Artists Present: Open Studio, London, ON
2011 Flux: BFA Graduate Show, University of Ottawa, ON
Material Studies, Gallery 115, Ottawa, ON
Art Auction, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Reform/Decompose, University of Ottawa, ON
2010 Seasonal Art Show, Gallery 115, Ottawa, ON
2009 Seasonal Art Show, Gallery 115, Ottawa, ON
2008 Containers 4x5, Gallery 115, Ottawa, ON