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""Those Among Us"

" Can we reasonably have a dream of a world ...

where people, whatever their race, religion,

culture, abilities or disabilities ...

can find a place and reveal their gifts?"
-- JeanVanier


Albertans have an attitude that here, anything is possible. There are those among us who embody that spirit on a daily basis, people who are not always visible in the community; people who we may not immediately take note of. As portrait artists, we seek to bring awareness to a group of people that are not typically recognized for their individuality and uniqueness; people with visible and invisible disabilities.

 
"Those Among Us" is a series of ten intimate portraits, highlighting people with disabilities from all regions of Alberta and from all walks of life. This very unique project  focuses on the individual rather than on the disability and in so doing, champion our fellow citizens in a way that has never been done before.

 
The series is comprised of individuals who have made significant contributions to their society be it through athletics, through the arts, through their profession or community work. We have taken a realistic, classical portraiture approach to the subjects. There is, however, an intriguing quality in abstract depiction of someone's life. It is also an inner expression of the one's soul. Like small pieces of a puzzle, fragments of life come together. Therefore we have created an abstract complement to the realistic representation. To enhance the unpredictable, sometimes uncontrollable quality of life, we have opted for medium that thrives on such virtues: encaustic.
 

 

 

Paintings by: IZABELLA ORZELSKI-KONIKOWSKI and BOGDAN KORAL- KONIKOWSKI - December 2006

Portraits: Oil on canvas  30" x 40"

Abstractions: Encaustic on masonite board 22" X 48"

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Ross Watson

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Oliver Cardinal

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Melodie and Frederic Bouchard
Michael Hambly

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Arnold Nordstrom

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Daniel Enett

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Jessica Gu
 

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Jessica Duvenage

Paul Bellemare

 

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Bob MacDermott