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Eva Kolacz

E.Andrea Klann was born in New Westminster, BC, to a Canadian mother and German-born father. Her professional practice is influenced by this duality of culture and explores the intersection of realism and the imagined, focusing on invented figurative studies, interior atmospheres and landscapes, often including symbolic and surrealist elements. Her work is driven by concepts of identity, memory, the notion of the portrait and image, as she strives to invent works that capture emotion and evoke an emotional response, often confronting the viewer with their intensity.

A graduate of the University of BC, Andrea also studied at Emily Carr University of Art & Design and in London, England, however, considers herself primarily self-taught. A faculty member of Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Drawing/Painting), she also leads independent workshops in Cultivating Creativity.

Her studio is located on Bowen Island in a one hundred year old bungalow she and her partner barged to the island in 2006. Her home was originally built around the time her great grandparents arrived in Vancouver. Her work is held in collections in Canada, US, UK and Australia.

`I am fascinated by the invented portrait and find no greater challenge as an artist than to invent a figure that ‘breathes’ on canvas. I balance working on figurative paintings with interior and exterior works as the former is so demanding.
Living on an island, surrounded by the deep nature of Canada’s west coast, allows me to live a semi-rural life; it encourages introspection, and engenders authentic creative inspiration within a supportive and distinctive artistic community.` Andrea Klann



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