Monica Gewurz Biography
Monica Gewurz lives in Vancouver, BC. Born in Peru in 1957, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976, where she obtained both a Bachelor of Science and a Master in Landscape Architecture. She also holds a Fine Art and an Advanced Painting Certificates from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Influenced by Turner, “the painter of light,” and Asian traditional painting, Monica’s abstract landscapes draw on the exceptional landscape of the Pacific West Coast, and worldwide tribal symbolism. Eliminating recognizable details in her work, Monica explores the texture and colour of patinas and the radiance of calm and stormy skies. She creates an expression of spirituality rather than visual accuracy. Working from memory, Monica allows her subconscious to lead the way, leaving a space the viewer to wonder, imagine and dream. 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. At the same time, she uses multiple glazes of colour, 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 is represented in British Columbia by three galleries . She is currently exhibiting at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes WA. Her work is in private collections in Canada the US and internationally. The woven patterns of the submitted paintings, symbolize the tapestry of human life, where individually we are only a single thread but when we “Gather”, we become intertwined with others to create humanity. It represents also the interwoven aspect of the various cultures that have created North America. It reminds us that what ties us to one another are the thread of hope, the yarn of differences, the string of togetherness and the rope of strength!
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