Alexandra Swistak is a Canadian fine artist and published crime writer. She received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Victoria and studied watercolor and ceramics in Fukuoka, Japan and oil painting in Paris, France.
Swistak’s current body of work explores the idea of interplanetary travel, magical darkness and life in space. The series is inspired by a life-long fascination with the moon, undiscovered plants and femininity. Alexandra actively exhibits her paintings while accepting many international commissions. She is a full-time painter and keeps a studio in New Westminster, British Columbia.
“Since establishing a much needed large studio, I have been focusing on creating an extensive body of work in two areas. One area has brought me closer to my academic studies and has lead me to create more elaborate compositions, which combine figurative and nature or still life elements.”
“My work is about experiencing beauty, discovery, and curiosity. Beauty is captured through light and darkness and the way shadows falls. My paintings recreate an imagined narrative; a place where subjects are able to travel through varied levels of reality and enter liminal space. They explore fearlessly and challenge themselves. Quiet, careful, observation has taught me to take great pleasure in using overlooked subject matter, all which have enabled me to invent a whole new genre.”
“When visitors come to my studio, they respond and interact with the memento mori, exotic plants, textiles and costumes. It is very important for all my tools to be visible and tangible for concepts to form instantly. I use the fundamentals of design and composition to paint what I see in front of me and what I see in my mind.”
“Most importantly, I continue to indulge my fascination in art by studying Old Renaissance Masters and painting all that I dream whether it fits or not.”
My ultimate goal is to make beautiful art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. I paint small, affordable, contemporary paintings in gouache. Other work is large scale on wood panel or canvas.
I offer original artwork and limited edition digital prints of gouache and oil paintings printed on enhanced matte archival paper.
Private Collections: Canada, United States, Europe and Asia.