A WORLD WITHIN is an exhibition celebrating the tenets of tradition, continuity, apprenticeship, and the transmission of knowledge and craft from one generation to the next. It also honours individual points of inspiration, reflecting the sacred world within each artist. We invite you to join us on Father’s Day weekend at The Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery (Artscape Wychwood Barns) for this special showing of paintings and drawings, and catch a glimpse of the world within our shared studio.

Anja Karisik, “Broken Group Islands, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island”, pastel on board, 12” x 18” • Sold

Anja Karisik, “Forest Interior, Windy Bay, Haida Gwaii”, pastel on board, 18” x 18”

Anja Karisik, “Low tide predator”, oil on canvas, 30” x 24”

Anja Karisik, “Fallen sentinel, Tanu, Haida Gwaii”, pastel on paper, 19.5” x 27.5” • Sold

Anja Karisik, “Abalone in Forest”, pastel on board, 17” x 22”

Anja Karisik, “Undulating”, oil on canvas, 30” x 20”

Anja Karisik, “Old Growth, Haida Gwaii”, pastel on paper, 18.5” x 27”

Anja Karisik, “Old Growth, Haida Gwaii”, pastel on paper, 18.5” x 27”

Anja Karisik, “Crawl Space, Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island”, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Anja Karisik, “Shaped through time”, oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

Anja Karisik, “Nestled, Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island”, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”

Anja Karisik, “Rooted in sand, Tofino, BC”, oil on canvas, 18” x 24”

Anja Karisik, “In the Shade of the Monolith”, oil on canvas, 32” x 40”"

Anja Karisik, “Purple Starfish”, pastel on board, 18” x 18” • Sold

Anja Karisik, “Little Fire, Big Beach (Ucluelet, BC)”, pastel on board, 12” x 12” • Sold

Anja Karisik
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.

Ciba Karisik
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.