Kristjana Gunnars studied studio art at Oregon State University with artist and teacher Shep Levine, and later art theory at the University of Regina with teacher Eugene Dawson, before turning to literary studies. She has been a practicing literary writer since 1980, and studied aesthetic and literary theory with writer and teacher Robert Kroetsch at the University of Manitoba. She taught writing and English in various universities before joining the University of Alberta as Professor of English and Creative Writing. Her work with writing in the context of literary theory expanded into art theory and aesthetics, which became a full time art practice upon leaving the university. More lately she has been learning cutting edge acrylic techniques from various artists and teachers in workshops. She paints from both a position of poesis and from an intellectual perspective, but her choice of color and method have a direct relation to the sensibilities of the present moment--the colors of nature and the interplay of forces around. The landscape, the weather, the mood and tone of the day or night are as present in her paintings as they are in her poetry, and for her there is a direct relation between writing and painting. Her work has been shown in galleries on the Sunshine Coast, B.C., at Gallery 5, LaCabana Gallery; the Doris Crowston Gallery in Sechelt; Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Gibsons, BC.; as well as at the Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver; the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; and the East Vancouver Cultural Centre (The Cultch) in East Vancouver. Her work has been on view at the Rockwater Resort in Secret Cove, B.C. and at the Sundowner Gallery in the Sundowner Inn, Garden Bay, B.C. Her paintings are in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Originally from Iceland, she now makes her home in Canada.
A web site for the writings and publications of Kristjana Gunnars is at: kristjanagunnarswritings.com.
"winter # 2", acrylic and mediums on exhibition canvas, 18" x 72", (sold), private collection
in the studio