Anna Syperek

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“Watercolour, drawing, etching, and, more recently, oil painting are the media that I work with, and I enjoy the challenges and different approaches to each.

Especially with watercolour and drawing, I always work on location, either sitting outside battling the sun and the bugs, or using the car as a traveling studio, which enables me to work outside even in the winter months. I have even managed to work on a 24″ x 36″ oil painting in the car and not get too much paint on the upholstery.

My work is mainly about observation and response. I paint what I am drawn to, obviously filtered through my studies, my admiration of certain painters, my teachers, my cultural background and my disposition. I like to paint on location as much as possible, so the work is also influenced by the heat of the sun, the changing light, the bugs, the wind….. Many subtle changes occur both in what I am painting and in the way I see it over the time I sit there taking it in,” Anna Syperek.

The inspiration for Anna Syperek’s poetic realism comes from an intuitive rapport with her own surroundings, in and about the town and county of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. For Syperek, the everyday is significant and marvelous subject matter. Whether it be a pasture up the back road, a season in transition, or a toothbrush tossed in a glass, she creates a kind of mythology for what you might not have noticed before. Her faith in the inherent truth that lies in the natural, brings her to an honest and reverent rendering of light and atmosphere with gentle, true colour. Her careful details allow the wind to blow and light to filter through in such a way that the subject’s quality of being real is captured and our perceptions enhanced by the attention drawn to it. No matter how specific the subject might be, Syperek creates a wide berth for the chance human element to enter into her work and in so doing welcomes the viewer in at the same time.

Born in England, of Polish and English parents, Syperek studied painting, drawing and art history at York University in Toronto, before moving to Antigonish in 1971 and teaching herself watercolor painting. In 1977, she went back to school at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, N.S. to study printmaking, earning her BFA in 1980. She then returned to Antigonish to set up her own etching/printmaking studio at her home overlooking St. George’s Bay. Well known for her etchings, watercolours and recent oils, Syperek also teaches university drawing and etching classes.

Her work can be found in galleries in the Maritimes, Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia, in the Canada Council Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, Petro Canada, Via Rail, Canadian Airlines, and other corporate collections, as well as in numerous private collections across Canada and the United States.

The Earthly Paradise

Sep 15 2016 - Oct 12 2016

Winter Group Exhibition

Dec 16 2016 - Feb 1 2017
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Anna Syperek's Earthly Paradise

Published Oct 1 2016 by Elissa Barnard, Local Xpress

Popular Antigonish artist Anna Syperek brings her oils and watercolours inspired by her daily domestic life and the land of Antigonish and Cape Breton to Halifax for her first time since 2008 to Studio 21, 1273 Hollis St., in The Earthly Paradise, on view to Oct. 12. People in Antigonish were surprised when Anna Syperek…

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