In Catherine Harasymiw’s paintings, issues of identity and place are expressed in abstract terms. Drawing inspiration from Surrealism, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Expressionism, she creates images in which subtle combinations of color and pattern take on a strong emotional weight. Balancing a detailed visual style with a spontaneity that gives each painting movement and life, Harasymiw constructs a world that is both meticulously constructed and thoroughly unpredictable. “My paintings attempt to capture the chaos and uncertainty of thought and perception while still representing the beauty in what we cannot control,” she says, and that dichotomy makes looking at her images a journey of discovery.
Harasymiw works in acrylics and oils on wood panel, and because of that her paintings bring a wide variety of textures to life. From sharply drawn geometrical shapes to dense, blurry compositions that pull the viewer into their mysterious webs, she presents a world that is moody and dreamlike, but also has a powerful and invigorating clarity. The resulting works engage the viewer on many levels. The artist lives and works in Toronto.