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Peter Barelkowski

Painting, Booth 615

  With an MA, I continued my education at the Goldsmith College and Ontario College of Art in Toronto and less formally - in London, England ( Camden Arts Centre ) and Norway, where I was street performing for tourists during the late 70's. In my recent body of work, I am exploring the human experience of loneliness and isolation. Creating a paradox between the joyful colors and darker subject matter, the paintings attempt to play with our ideas around sadness. As a form of subtle escapism, the figures in the paintings are depicted in a one dimensional, cartoonish style - with almost grotesque undertones. My paintings are in private collections in Europe, USA, Asia and Canada.