Experience Michele Kambolis works first hand and see how growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of the Okanagan and more northern areas of British Columbia has deeply influenced the artist's reflections on canvas. Her work demonstrates a vivid connection to the vast natural beauty of Western Canada and the often visceral effect of experiencing this living landscape first hand.
Resulting from the artist's own meditative process, each piece offers an abstract, yet visually representative form of the powerful synchronicity between tangible qualities in nature and the human psyche. Drawing from experience as a practicing clinical therapist, Kambolis offers an insightful perspective on personal journeys toward homeostasis and the psyches need to access nature for balance and energy. The exquisite chemistry of each piece is reminiscent of the fluidity of our psyche as we tender one emotion to the next throughout the healing journey.
The cohesive depth evolving from the layering of texture and color is achieved through a variety of media including modeling agents, sand, gold or silver dust, and porcelain paint. Many pieces extend beyond the edge of the canvas and frame themselves as a result.
Her dramatic pieces have made their way into private and corporate collections throughout North America captivating a growing audience.
When people see my work, I’d like them to experience the ephemeral captured – a quiet moment of contemplation and connectedness to something elusive. It may be the poignancy and beauty of the elements, a meditation on human vulnerability versus strength, or a frame in a musical composition. My interest in the moment captured is expressed through the alchemical effect of unorthodox mediums like glass and porcelain paints. I begin a piece by pouring the liquid paints onto a flat canvas and, attuning to the fusion of colour and light, shift and balance the canvas until I find the desired essence. I know a piece is done when paint pours off the side of the canvas and undulating form emerges.
At school, the only class I really paid any attention in was psychology and art. I simply wasn't interested in anything else and I think my obsession with depicting comment on human experience started there...
None of it was intentional - it all developed and evolved instinctually. There was no choice, but to create. Hopefully the work can speak for itself and whatever it says to the viewer - like a projective, each person takes something a little different from the same image, something they need and are meant to access in that moment - and I'm happy with that.
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April 20th - Michele Kambolis - The Ephemeral Captured
Have a look at Jamie Maw's new brainchild -- GoGoMagazine.ca -- an online Okanagan lifestyle Magazine -- His latest topic "Kambolis Art"! visit website...
November 12th - Featured in Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Sun 'Trade Talk' writer Malcolm Parry bio's Michele and her life change from therapist to artist. read pdf...
Featured in Hello Magazine
Featured in Hello Magazine. read...
Autumn 2009 issue of MONTECRISTO
Nasreen Gulamhusein discusses Michele's past career as an art therapist and her current one as a professional artist. read pdf...
VGH and UBC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION work together to bring healing and beauty to Psychiatric patients
Michele donates painting UBC Hospital Foundation. Find out more about this great cause...more info
Michele Kambolis creates art for Holt Renfrew
Vancouver, B.C., October 21, 2009 – Vancouver artist, Michele Kambolis, whose dramatic paintings can currently be seen in private homes and commercial spaces across the city, has created a collection of pieces to be displayed at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, beginning October 26. The dramatic pieces, to be exhibited on the walls of holts salon & spa and the Personal Shopping Suites, have been inspired by the current fashion collections.
According to the artist, fashion and art are inextricably linked and fashion was the inspiration for this collection of fifteen works. The pieces have been designed according the fabrics, color and design used in this season’s fashion collection at Holt Renfrew.
“I wanted to create something less static,” says Kambolis. “The inspiration for these pieces came from the fall runways and what is currently on the floor at Holt Renfrew.
Michele Kambolis’ paintings, some of which will measure as large as 5 feet by 7 feet, will be purchasable by the public. The large, dramatic pieces are done in media including modeling agents, gold and silver dust, glass and porcelain paint, extending beyond the edge of the canvas, framing themselves.
The exhibition will premiere at Holt Renfrew in downtown Vancouver on October 26.
“Holt Renfrew is the epicentre of style in Vancouver,” says Kambolis. “The store itself is an absolutely stunning backdrop for my work and the gorgeous fashion on the floor will complement the pieces beautifully.”
The exhibition will run through January 2010.