Anja Karisik forged a connection to the Canadian west coast in 2016 with a trip to Haida Gwaii, a place where people, story and land are inseparable. In seeking the counsel of nature and advice from the wise souls she got to know along the way, her personal journey in Haida Gwaii (re)connected her with a deep place of origin. She discovered that the greatest hope lies in rethinking how we perceive our relationship with the natural world and the myriad creatures, including us humans, dependent on it for survival. Since then, Anja has spent some time on the wild Pacific west coast of Vancouver Island. Anja’s paintings transpose the beauty of ecological diversity found in the old growth forests and along the intertidal zone. She paints landscapes of adaptation and resilience – geophysical spaces on the knife’s edge – home to countless creatures all coexisting and buzzing with a collective, living energy.
Twenty-five years ago, Ciba Karisik escaped war-torn Sarajevo and settled in a fishing village on the northern Croatian coast with his wife and their daughter. A small church studio provided the artist a quiet sanctuary out of which emerged the still life paintings for which he has become internationally renowned. His world of painting today continues to reflect this philosophy characterized by a profound appreciation for the simple things life has to offer. Ciba’s paintings tell eloquent stories of humanity. His works are deliberate statements against the impersonality of our ephemeral world. We pause, consider, and behold timeless objects that keep our memories and communicate messages across time.