Darlene Kulig is from Ottawa, ON and is currently practicing in Toronto, ON. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design she quickly moved into a commercial setting and within four years of graduating was running her own successful design studio. Kulig began painting full time ten years ago. Her work utilizes synthesis or stylization – an approach that came into Eurocentric art from Japan in the mid 1800’s. Many of Canada’s great landscape painters (Lawren Harris being an obvious example) have done this. Darlene makes her approach her own by using strong (high key) colour and uniting smaller shapes into larger more powerful areas by controlling her values. Her love of the beauty available in the Canadian landscape is clear. What is especially impressive is that she has developed a unique very personal approach that “feels” Canadian.
Her work can be found in both public and private collections nationally and internationally.