As a woman of many layers and interests, Louise Lachowskyj, just as any other individual, is as multifaceted as the creative process that she loves. Louise taps into her talent, assessment ability and progressive thinking while working with the artist, the private or corporate collector, or gallery.
Louise is steadfast that integrity must be the driving force behind all that she and her team do for artists, their work, for collectors and most importantly for her.
Each individuals needs and requirements will define the relationship with Louise and her team. In turn, the team will conduct representation, marketing and facilitation of acquisitions as well as developing partnerships with experts in the arts community.
Each of these skills was fostered through Louise’s extensive nursing career. Her work over the last 34 years in trauma units, as well as end of life care, taught her to stop and smell the roses- recognizing the beauty that surrounds us each and every day.
Art, as a constant source of solace and joy, cannot be expressed only in one dimension. Rather art generates an emotion that heightens all of one’s senses and may provide therapeutic relief.
Louise’s passion for art is fuelled by the desire to understand the art process - from initial stroke and layering, to adding final touches. She is inspired by the organic and the human nature which is found in every piece of art.
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One only has to look at Bill Franks’ paintings and get lost in the thought of a bygone era, when painters were capturing the rhythm and breath of the great Canadian Landscape for the first time.
From a young boy, Bill’s painting instructor was one of the preeminent painters in Canadian history, A.Y. Jackson, a member of the famed Canadian Group of Seven. Bill was enlisted to row A.Y. around the Go-Home Bay area of Georgian Bay. With the help of A.Y. who helped him to build a sketch box, Bill was introduced to the art of en plein air sketching, including the fundamentals of colour and how to capture the movement and rhythm of the scene.
Throughout his life, Bill embarked on a journey of capturing the surrounding landscape wherever he found himself. Despite choosing a career in medicine as his vocation, Bill was always able to retreat back to painting.
His travels, life experience and deep appreciation for the land is evident in his works, capturing the essence of the Canadian, Arctic and international landscapes. He is reflective, though, always referring back to his mentor, A.Y. and his words of guidance. Pattern, design, rhythm, summarization and build light on dark—these words have guided Bill and influenced his style of painting for over six decades.x
Bassem’s journey in life has helped shape him on the path of creative process. His life is as abstract as his art. Bassem will draw from his journey from war torn Syria, to Jordan, then Lebanon and now finally landing him here in Canada. A refugee to Canada in 2016, Bassem has embraced his new home and is ecstatic to continue to evolve, as an artist, here in an environment that allows him to freely express his thoughts, ideas and choices without the trepidation of repercussions that have plagued many in Syria.
Bassem earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 and Certificate of Fine Arts, Sculpture, in 2006 from the University of Damascus, Syria. A Masters in Art History Philosophy was completed from the same University in 2012. While in Lebanon he began his PhD in Arts and Archeology but was forced to flee to Canada just shy of completion. Bassem intends to complete his studies here in Canada. He currently has a number of published papers on scientific art research.
Bassem is partial to sculpting in different mediums but feels bronze sculpture is his preference. What he also finds challenging is how to translate the 3 dimensional properties of sculpture to the flat 1 dimensional plane of a canvas. This challenge dictates to a unique style that is somewhat reminiscent of Picasso’s cubist movement. As in cubism, subjects and objects are broken up into shapes and pieces and re-arranged in what appears to be an abstract form.
A rebel against the natural laws and the liberation of human thought, has seen him become less of a realist, to embracing a much broader and intellectual vision, simplifying the true form and finding commonality between two subjects and then depict them as a whole. He does this by applying abstract concepts, using natural elements from different beings and objects, using mythological, and true characteristics of both human and animal. He began to integrate geometric lines with organic forms, both conflicting and harmonious in order to break from the natural form and to draw focus to it’s bigger meaning through the use of abstract elements.
Bassem has had numerous solo and group shows in Syria, both in Damascus and in Latakia. He held a position on the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University, Syria where he was an instructor of sculpture.x