Anne-Marie Olczak

Artist member since 2018
Toronto, ON

It all started with finding a chalkline in my studio. I'm still not sure how it got there, but with a snap of the line on the canvas an idea was born: a new clarity after a long period of reflection and exploration.

"The endless possibilities of the grid."

The grid is a way to filter the many ideas and inspirations in my head on to the canvas. The structure of the parameters of the grid became freeing as colour, texture, surface and balance (all the good things about painting!) came to the forefront. Grids surround us, in our cities, our roads, our homes. Within the grid, I navigate ideas of inspired by memory, travel, sadness, dreams and joy. It continues.


Inside the Studio


Describe your home in 3 words

Small, creaky, cookies

Favourite book

Winter - Ali Smith

What artists do you admire right now?

Mary Heilmann, Susan Rothenberg, Gabrielle Herzog, Daisy Cook, Rupert Hartley.

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

Photography, Woodcut Prints, Encaustic and Paintings -- abstract and stylized

Beverage of choice

A nice cup of tea on a cold morning.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

Art is balance. Art is joy. Art is emotion.

Select Past Exhibitions

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


Artist Project


Brighton UK
Brighton Art Fair


Artist Project


Cobalt Gallery, Toronto
The Kingston Road Residency

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