Ogden's Pond. Watercolor,
A.W. Syperek Curiculum Vitae
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Boundary Line. Etching,
Hope. Oil, 2000
Center. Etching, 1996
would reacquaint us with our very lives."
likes the ... grey, wet Nova Scotian light which
intensifies gentle tertiary colours and coats the
scene with a kind of unifying metaphysical varnish."
Notes, St. Mary's Univ., Halifax, N.S.
inspiration for Anna Syperek's poetic realism comes from
an intuitive rapport with her own surroundings, in and about
the town and county of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. For Syperek,
the everyday is significant and marvelous subject matter.
Whether it be a pasture up the back road, a season in transition,
or a toothbrush tossed in a glass, she creates a kind of
mythology for what you might not have noticed before. Her
faith in the inherent truth that lies in the natural, brings
her to an honest and reverent rendering of light and atmosphere
with gentle, true colour. Her careful details allow the
wind to blow and light to filter through in such a way that
the subject's quality of being real is captured and our
perceptions enhanced by the attention drawn to it. No matter
how specific the subject might be, Syperek creates a wide
berth for the chance human element to enter into her work
and in so doing welcomes the viewer in at the same time.
in England, of Polish and English parents, Syperek studied
painting, drawing and art history at York University in
Toronto, before moving to Antigonish in 1971 and teaching
herself watercolor painting. In 1977, she went back to
school at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in
Halifax, N.S. to study printmaking, earning her BFA in
1980. She then returned to Antigonish to set up her own
etching/printmaking studio at her home overlooking St.
George's Bay. Well known for her etchings, watercolours
and recent oils, Syperek also teaches university drawing
and etching classes.
work can be found in galleries in the Maritimes, Ontario,
Quebec, and British Columbia, in the Canada Council Art
Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, Petro Canada, Via Rail,
Canadian Airlines, and other corporate collections, and
in numerous private collections across Canada and the
Hughie Stewart's. Etching