Dancing With Abstraction: A Post-Painterly Cabaret. Bianka Guna, Betty McGowan, Mike McGowan, Linda Paton and Barbara Roston.

September 26, 2018

October 7, 2018


Gallery 1313, Queen Street West, Toronto



Events Description

Dancing With Abstraction: A Post-Painterly Cabaret
Five diverse Canadian Artists celebrating their unique approach to abstraction.
Bianka Guna, Betty McGowan, Mike McGowan, Linda Paton and Barbara Roston.

Bianka Guna
Bianka Guna is a non-objective painter, an honors graduate illustrator from the Minneapolis, MN, US program , and beloved art teacher for a multitude of art groups and community centers in Ontario, Canada. She teaches water media (watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, critique) abstract painting classes for adults at Visual Arts Mississauga and at her Toronto studio in The Distillery District or on situ for corporate companies.

Bianka is an abstract expressionist artist who explores universal themes and symbols of humanity. Her work draws the viewer in through its strong, vivid colours and highly textured surface. The imagery is whimsical, serene, ethereal, and delicate, yet bold and direct. She believes in unity, diversity, proportions, contrast, balance and the unexpected.

An elected member of various prestigious art societies in Canada like CSPWC, SCA, OSA , TWS, IGA , CARFAC she has won several juried exhibitions in Canada and abroad and participated in numerous group and solo shows . She is a Certified Golden Working Professional Artists from 2014. Her distinctive contemporary work was purchased by private and corporate collectors in Canada, USA, Sweden, France, China, Australia, Romania, Israel, Russia, South Africa and UK.
For more information about her work visit www.biankaguna.com

Betty McGowan
Betty McGowan is a non-objective painter who came to painting later in life. She has worked in various styles and media throughout her artistic career, but prefers to use acrylics at present. She is a member of several Durham region art groups, including Pine Ridge Arts Council and the Oshawa Art Association. She has won several juried exhibitions in and around the Durham region and has participated in numerous group shows. She and her husband often show their work together in both the Durham region and in Toronto. She currently studies with her mentor, Bianka Guna , in the
Distillery District of Toronto.

Mike McGowan
Mike McGowan is a non-objective painter who is largely self-taught. He has been working and studying with his friend and teacher, Bianka Guna, for six years. He has worked in watercolor, inks, mixed media, collage and acrylic, and has taken many courses and workshops to explore his preferred method of expression. He uses many different surfaces for his painting, including different types of paper, word, metal and found objects. He is a member of several Durham Region art societies, including both Pine Ridge Arts Council and the Oshawa Art Association.

Linda Paton
As an adult, discovering the sensual joys of painting in watercolor was a momentous occasion in my life. Painting in a representational mode was challenging but limiting. Increasingly, I was captivated by modern and contemporary non-objective painting and needed to know why a painting or sculpture succeeded. I studied at OCA for a few years and received the Solomon Prize for Painting. Later I began to study with an inspiring teacher who became my friend and mentor: Bianka Guna.
My paintings are about the exhilaration of painting: the fact that an inert canvas, covered with marks, may connect with another soul and sensibility, wordlessly, amazes me. This may happen infrequently, but it fuels my passion and my determination to keep on painting.

Barbara Roston
Barbara Roston is a painter in watercolour who has worked in the medium for many years. Following a successful career in the sciences, Barbara now devotes herself full time to her passion for art. Her work has explored various genres from florals and landscapes, to nudes and most recently, non-objective paintings.
Barbara has studied with artists both in Canada and the United States, and currently studies with Bianka Guna in Toronto. As she has studied and shaped her own style, her paintings have evolved to include mixed media on a variety of different surfaces.

Who is it for?

All ages


Date & Time: Exhibition: September 26th – October 6th 2018 | Wednesday – Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Reception: September 27th 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Artist Talk on Thursday October 4th 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Venue: Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto

Paid Parking
Green P parking next door.
Public transport accessible

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