"In the last year. I have explored, created, and have challenged myself. I have opened the door to new thinking.
It began with a six day canoe trip Grace and Nellie Lake in Killarney. My inspiration cam from painting on the Rock that Franklin Carmichael made famous over looking Grace Lake, and seeing Lawren Harris' abstract painting at McMichael Art Gallery. I also visited the site where Tom Thomson's cabin was on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park.
At this exhibit, you will witness two sides of my art. Landscapes and wildlife, with the addition of my newest explorations in Geometric and Pop Art." ~Martin Kotyluk
Kotyluk grew up in Northern Ontario, and always had an interest in the arts from an early age. In high school, Kotyluk attended the arts program at Sudbury Secondary School. His early works were chosen to be displayed at the Sudbury Art Gallery and Science North.
Later on, Kotyluk began work for CP Rail which involved travelling across the northern shorelines of Lake Superior. He was in absolute awe of the immense diversity in front of him. This experience inspired him to explore painting wildlife and landscapes in acrylic.
For Kotyluk, art has always been a form of relaxation and meditation. He takes hundreds of photos on his long hike and canoe trips across Northern Ontario, to find the right theme or subject to put on the canvas. He’s inspired by the works of A. Y. Jackson and Tom Thomson: vivid, colourful, and dramatic. Kotyluk also enjoys detailed and textured works, along with realism.
He’s been a member of the Sudbury Art Club since 2011, and has participated in several art shows, including The La Cloche Art Show and the Northern Ontario Art Association Annual Juried Exhibition.
Kotyluk hopes to continue learning and discovering through his painting. To share a slice of Northern Ontario with the world.
One Sky offers a rotating, permanent collection of Mr. Kotyluk’s work.