Joanna-solo-show-portrait-sPeople to Know: Joanna Turlej

We are getting to know the next artist that will be showcased at the RAW SIGNATURE show. Today we are getting to know Joanna Turlej.  She is showing at the next show SIGNATURE on March 17th at 8pm. Show will be at Maison Mercer. More details below.


Brief description of your art.

In my art, I chase the untouchable, vague and fleeting, images that seem to be momentarily in front of me and gone the next moment. To catch them is an exhilarating feeling. The painting process enables me to hold on to these images, to give a form to the formless.

Tell us about yourself. 

I am a contemporary artist who has exhibited locally and internationally for over 25 years. I graduated from OCAD University in Toronto, ON with an honours degree in Design and an Award of Excellence.
In the beginning of 2014, my explorations using different art media led me to embrace paper collage technique, as means expression in my art. This very specialized and unique technique, that I developed, rendered me a lot of success.
Early in 2015, I was elected as a member of a prestigious Ontario Society of Artists.
In July 2015, I was invited to participate in Art Monaco 2015, an art fair in Monaco. My profile was published on a centre fold of Italian Magazine Biancoscuro covering Art Monaco 2015.
In December 2015 I was interviewed by West of the City Magazine and my profile was published in January/February 2016 issue. I was also juried into Artist Project 2016 in Toronto and will exhibit in February 18-21, 2016.
On March 17, 2016 I will be participating in RAW Artist show, also in Toronto.

Joanna Turlej

How did you get started?

I come from artistic family, so ever since I remember I was always doing some sort of art. My father was an art professor and my first teacher.

Are you self-tough or trained?

I am a trained artist, graduated from OCAD University in Toronto. Since my graduation I am constantly upgrading my skills, taking workshops with well known artists. I make it all by myself, I don’t have any assistants.

Favorite part of being an artist? 

Creation is the most exciting part. Having a vision in my mind and seeing it come out on a canvas is a magical feeling. Every painting teaches me more about art. I feel like I am in a zone, totally oblivious about my surroundings.

What does a typical day in the studio look like?

Preparation of the canvas, choosing the colours to work with and gathering magazine pages, my own painting papers and Japanese tissues and papers. Assembling the “painting” with these materials, by tearing them and gluing down. I call it “painting”, because I feel like I “paint” with papers. The materials I use are 100% paper glued on a canvas and then varnished to preserve it.

Joanna Turlej

Your personal favorite piece?

My latest collage/painting of a dancer, titled “Dancing for You” is my favorite. This painting is part of the series “Suspension in Motion”, where the dancer is cough in a moment. An impression of garments swirling around her gives a mysterious feeling. She comes out from darkness and in her moment you almost hear dramatic music to which she is dancing.

What makes you stand out from other artist?

My technique is very unique, instead of using a brush I use paper pieces in a variety of sizes and colours. I feel strongly about sticking to the principles of composition, it has become a part of my DNA.

How can we follow you?

Click here to visit her website, Follow on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are in the area, head out to Maison Mercer to say hi to Joanna Turlej on March 17th at 8pm. For more info click here!

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Until next time!!



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