Her iconic work pushes the boundaries between traditional and the contemporary abstracted landscape. An inspired student of Turner, her visions are thick and atmospheric; full of colour and movement. This energy bursts through Kozokowsky's rich abstractive landscapes, creating powerfully intriguing works that float between contemporary and historic painting styles.
Kozokowsky's oversized canvases in a combination of oils, metals and encaustics portray western images. Her inspiration for her uniquely "wild woman" style is drawn from the rich colors and gold leaf of the Canadian contemporary landscape, as well as the rich natural resources of our own topography.
Kozokowsky is primarily self-taught, with the exception of ACAD, University of Calgary, and City of Calgary night courses. She also attends various workshops and is constantly learning and exploring different techniques.
Lisa Kozokowsky's art is collected all over Canada and the United States by individuals and corporations alike.
I consider my art to be abstractive landscape since I interpret my subject matter with a certain amount of visual illusion along with artistic latitude. My art is a vehicle for people to tap into their own emotions. I believe that beauty exists in the natural as well as man-made environment, even when we are struggling to make sense of environmental chaos.
Because I enjoy painting in such a large format, the process is a very physically demanding manner. I'm constantly moving, kneeling, pacing, jumping and srtetching to create my pieces. This process helps me to understand the next step. I work from the perspective of colour; always mixing my palette before I know the subject matter. This is called "Intuitive" painting and it is only when the mixing is done and the first few layers of oils or wax are applied do I get a sense of what direction I am going. Metals and gold or silver leaf is often mixed into the pigments as well as ground minerals. I can then add more layers of wax. This gives my art an inner glow that is very dimensional.
See what you may and enjoy the journey!