THE WORKS OF M.I.L. KRAWCZYNSKI


Born March 29 1952 Toronto Ontario Canada. In grade 3, I discovered the joy of art, which was a defining moment. From that first sketch, art became a priority in my life; a way to reason and communicate. This led to a lifelong commitment to constantly improving my skills and capabilities, through experimentation, invention and discovery. While art occasionally took a secondary role because of economic necessity, time away from art is always time spent thinking of art. Painting is as crucial for me as the air that I breathe and reminds me of an old proverb; "art is long, life is short"

1974-1976 Sheridan College Brampton, graduated top honours, Creative Arts (fine arts)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2001 "Creations in Oil", Yorkville Library Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1997 "Blood and Gold", Here & Now Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1999, "Nielson Park Creative Centre", Etobicoke, Ontario

1998, "Pro Casa Cultural Colombia", Etobicoke, Ontario

1998, "N.Y. Independent Video & Film Festival", N.Y.C., New York

1997, "N.Y. Independent Video & Film Festival", N.Y.C., New York

LECTURES

1997, O.A.C. senior art and continuing education, Western Collegiate, Toronto, Ontario

PERSONAL AFFILIATIONS

1998-2010, Visual Arts Ontario

1981-present, SOCAN Canada


Emotional Realism

This ongoing series of oil paintings depict a personal dictionary of primal human emotion. The contours and complexions of feelings are universally tangible yet elusive to illustrate without conventional imagery; a painting may evoke a strong sentiment but conversely not necessarily represent it. Feelings can be thick with pride or frail with longing. The path to follow was in developing a new set of "metaphors" for these states of being. This series of paintings are manifestations of this exploration.


“Glory”, oil on canvas 30” x 36” (91cm x 76cm) Glory sparked the ideas for the creations to follow. This painting is a photo realistic interpretation of the mechanics of emotion.

“Credo”, oil on canvas 33” x 33” (84cm x 84cm) Founded on the splendor and savage birth of Christianity. Destruction and creation go hand in hand in cycles as does life and death. One cannot exist without the other.

“Red Flag”, oil on canvas 26” x 46” (66cm x 117cm) When we take our emotions for granted we sometimes tend to ignore the warning signs of ensuing turmoil. It is only in retrospect that these portents are recognizable.

“Judas”, oil on canvas 37” x 55” (94cm x 140cm) The difficulty in dealing with betrayal, this painting is meant to expose the rape of emotional equilibrium.

“Virtual Audience”, oil on canvas 36” x 50” (91cm x 127cm) This is based on the Herman Hesse novel Steppenwolf and deals with the concept of the narrow niche left between social structures.

“Trap”, oil on canvas 60” x 48” (152cm x 102cm) The canvas frame became too inhibiting, the external boundaries were removed to bring the painting right into the environment. Traps are always alluring and only upon close inspection do they reveal their vicious intentions.

“Emancipation”, oil on canvas 60” x 23” (152cm x 58cm) When our emotions are liberated, the resulting freedom is the optimal medium for the growth of new ideas and expressions.

“Id”, oil on canvas 49” x 31” (125cm x 79cm) When the sun sets, our true natures are more likely to manifest themselves. It is much easier to expose our souls under the mask of darkness.

“Ambition ”, oil on canvas 51” x 32” (130cm x 81cm) It is always inspiring how ambitions can flourish in some of the most hostile environments. Nobel ideologies reinforce the spirit enabling us to tackle even the most daunting tasks.

“Mischief”, oil on canvas 40” x 54” (102cm x 137cm) Michief may seem harmless until you see the warped aftermath left on the unsuspecting victim.

“Toil”, oil on canvas 43” x 31” (109cm x 79cm) Toil, as opposed to work in general, is heavy labour. Within a mundane realm, the burden and the individual are indistinguishable from each other.

“Parade”, oil on canvas 36” x 24” (91cm x 61cm) There is always something animated and invigorating about a parade. It lifts the spirit and affords a release from ritual.


Everyday Heroes

In this continuing series of paintings I take an opportunity to shed light on some people in my life that I have admired for their ability to prove themselves over and over, yet require no recognition for their efforts. It just seems they are purely natural in the way they can inspire by their generosity of spirit and/or tenacity.


“Father's Day”, oil on coated paper 17” x 12” (43cm x 30cm)

“Chester”, oil on coated paper 19” x 15” (48cm x 38cm)

“Mark at Angelo's”, oil on canvas 31” x 25” (78cm x 64cm)

“Joan of Arc”, oil on canvas 48” x 32” (122cm x 82cm) Not really an everyday hero, but one of the greatest heros nonetheless.

“Jennifer and the Argonauts”, oil on canvas 30” x 40” (76cm x 102cm)

“Soldiers and Ballerinas”, oil on canvas 24” x 40” (61cm x 102cm)

“Puri”, oil on coated paper 16” x 20” (40cm x 50cm)


Fire Stations

Some of my most recent endeavors in painting have been a series of tributes to the architecturally historic fire halls of Toronto. These highly detailed depictions are my personal homage to the dedication and bravery of firefighters. Some buildings can speak volumes, providing insight into their history, purposes and personalities at a glance. I find this communication especially resonant in these structures.


“Fire Station 134”, oil on canvas 30” x 20” (76cm x 51cm)

“No.8 Hose Station”, oil on canvas 22” x 40” (56cm x 102cm)

“Fire Station 312”, oil on canvas 24” x 36” (61cm x 91cm)


Other Pieces

These works, slightly divergent, are different visions of mostly common settings. I paint the dynamic anima I associate with these images. All matter are made of atoms which, at their microscopic level, constantly vibrate. Although I can't see those vibrations, I remain aware of these inner transits within the most seemingly inanimate objects.


“Purina”, oil on coated paper 17” x 12” (51cm x 41cm)

“Autumn Bonfire”, oil on coated paper 20” x 16” (51cm x 41cm)

“Exercise in Red and Blue”, oil on coated paper 16” x 20” (40cm x 50cm)

“Vegetables Playing Hide & Seek”, oil on canvas 24” x 36” (61cm x 91cm)

“Blue Bush”, oil on coated paper 20” x 16” (51cm x 41cm)

“Mount Robson”, oil on canvas 36” x 24” (91cm x 61cm)

“Rapids”, oil on coated paper 19” x 15” (48cm x 38cm)

“Clouds Stalking a Barn”, oil on canvas 36” x 24” (91cm x 61cm)


PRINTS and ORIGINALS

All prints are printed on high quality acid free museum quality stock. They are available as full size reproductions. Prices are for lots of up to 5 posters. Discounts for lots of over 5 posters are available upon request. Prices for smaller scale posters are available upon request. All posters come with a 1 inch white border. All prices in Canadian dollars. Shipping and handling are extra. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery.


Painting

“Glory”, oil on canvas

“Credo”, oil on canvas

“Red Flag”, oil on canvas

“Judas”, oil on canvas

“Virtual Audience”, oil on canvas

“Trap”, oil on laminated wood

“Emancipation”, oil on laminated wood

“Id”, oil on canvas

“Ambition”, oil on laminated wood

“Mischief”, oil on laminated wood

“Toil"”, oil on canvas

“Parade”, oil on canvas

“Father's Day”, oil on coated paper

“Chester”, oil on coated paper

“Mark at Angelo's”, oil on canvas

“Joan of Arc”, oil on canvas

“Jennifer and the Argonauts”, oil on canvas

“Soldiers & Ballerinas”, oil on canvas

“Puri”, oil on coated paper

“Fire Station 134”, oil on canvas

“No. 8 Hose Station”, oil on canvas

“Fire Station 312”, oil on canvas

“Purina”, oil on coated paper

“Autumn Bonfire”, oil on coated paper

“Exercise in Red and Blue”, oil on coated paper

“Vegetables Playing Hide & Seek”, oil on canvas

“Blue Bush”, oil on coated paper

“Mount Robson”, oil on canvas

“Rapids”, oil on coated paper

“Clouds Stalking a Barn”, oil on canvas

Poster

32” x 38” $180.00

35” x 35” $185.00

28” x 48” $205.00

39” x 57” $340.00

38” x 52” $300.00

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51” x 33” $250.00

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45” x 33” $225.00

38” x 26” $150.00

19” x 14” $ 50.00

21” x 17” $ 55.00

33” x 27” $140.00

50” x 34” $260.00

32” x 42” $260.00

26” x 42” $165.00

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32” x 22” $ 95.00

24” x 42” $155.00

26” x 38” $155.00

19” x 14” $ 50.00

22” x 18” $ 61.00

18” x 22” $ 60.00

26” x 38” $150.00

22” x 18” $ 60.00

38” x 26” $155.00

21” x 17” $ 55.00

38” x 26” $150.00