Monica Gewurz Biography
Monica Gewurz lives and works in Vancouver, BC. Born in Peru in 1957, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976, where she obtained both a Bachelor of Science and Master in Landscape Architecture. She also holds a Fine Art and an Advanced Painting Certificates from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Monica’s abstract landscapes aim to reflect truthfully the moods of Nature. Her work draws on the exceptional landscape of the Pacific West Coast, and worldwide tribal symbolism. Monica’s distinctive style of textural painting, in which she applies thick layers of acrylic paint and medium with palette knives, results in a 3-D effect, suggesting organic energy, flow and movement. At the same time, she uses multiple glazes of color, creating ephemeral atmospheric effects. Although this work is still connected to the natural environment, these ethereal landscapes represent states of being rather than specific places, encouraging the viewer into a mood of physical beauty and spiritual inspiration. Monica uses an earthy, quiet palette echoing the color found in metallic patinas, Raku pottery, weathering metals and ancient glass., She uses intense turquoises, luminous teals and yellows, haunting blues, earthy ochres and sienna’s, deep burgundies and mysterious charcoals and blacks. In addition, she also uses metallic paints and foils to accent textures to give her paintings more luminosity. The amazing colors of the three submitted paintings, symbolize the importance of color in our lives. Color is a language: It speaks to who we are, how we feel. Color is one of the most fulfilling elements in our lives. Color can attract our attention or change your mood. Color can help to facilitate and fulfil some very basic human needs. The use and arrangement of color enable us to create beauty and harmony and express our personal taste. Color makes our life more beautiful. Her work is in private collections in Canada the US and internationally.
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