Connect with the vividly-coloured ribbon-like forms that undulate and intertwine Valeriya Khomar’s exhibition ‘The Unity’, on show at the AOE Gallery until January 6, 2015. This acrylic painting series radiates with rich symbols that Valeriya uses to express the interwovenness of life that she experiences “within myself, between myself and others, and that I see in the world around me.” Valeriya taps into a spiritual energy while creating these artworks, a process that allows her to intuitively make the invisible visible. A Ukrainian born artist, Valeriya is interested in sharing her positive vision of life expressively through her paintings.
The Unity is an exhibition that invites the viewer to consider how the artist expresses the essence of relationships between light, colour, and balance. Valeriya shares that these paintings explore the idea of unity as an understanding of the uniqueness that every individual possesses and yet there is still connection among these differences. She creates these richly-hued paintings with acrylic techniques, and enjoys that this medium allows her to combine the qualities of watercolour and oil painting. About her techniques, Valeriya shares, “As I developed my technique with acrylics I was able to create surprising new effects, combining the transparency of watercolours and the deep intensity of oil.”
Valeriya’s process is not only influenced by her experimentation with different mediums, but also with inspiration from her father, who is an artist. She shares that he has had a tremendous influence on her art, and reveals that some of her earliest childhood memories is seeing her father creating something all the time. Absorbing this creative energy, along with her mother’s hard work ethic, Valeriya also has hands that are almost never still.
Currently living and working in Montreal, Valeriya has exhibited nationally and internationally. ‘Unity’ is her most recent series of paintings and will be shown at the AOE Gallery from November 20th until January 6th. She hopes the viewer will sense her vision and walk away with a feeling of unity as well.
Exhibition dates: November 20 – January 6
Vernissage: November 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: AOE Gallery, 245 Centrum Blvd. Ottawa (Ontario) | (Free parking)
Annie has been involved with AOE Arts Council as a Programs Assistant and now as a the youth representative on the Board of Directors. She has developed a passion for connecting and contributing to the arts community . Her involvement with the AOE Gallery has given her the opportunity to connect with artists directly, and glean their interesting inspirations, influences, and intentions that she shares as a contributor to Accolade. Currently studying Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa, Annie is a practicing photo-based artist with an interest in analog processes. As an artist, she approaches each project knowledgeably, with creativity, and an openness to the variety of what the Ottawa arts scene has to offer.