West Vancouver Artist Lil Chrzan - Bio

LIL CHRZAN

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Lil Chrzan is a Canadian Landscape painter that is known for her masterful depictions of golden light across luminous West Coast scenes. Viewers are invited to enter her world and experience a sense of calm transcendence when viewing the dramatic light-filled paintings.

For the past 26 years Chrzan has lived and worked in the seaside village of Horseshoe Bay , British Columbia. Paintings about Nature and wilderness have a long history in the culture of the West Coast where the identity of the region and its inhabitants is so closely tied to the spectacular landscape. Chrzan’s paintings are an important and timely contribution to the discourse about the cultural values of the region in which she works , and always a personal and emotional connection with nature.

Chrzan’s paintings are not intended to be direct representation of nature but rather a process of extracting the most essential elements of a scene. Her careful brushwork and critical awareness of humanity in relation to nature set the scene for her own signature style and vision. These works hum with intensity, while offering the viewer contemplative calmness.

EDUCATION

Honours graduate, Emily Carr College of Art and Design 1987
Degree in Fine Art, City University 1989
Vancouver Art Academy: Studies in Fine Art with Michael Britton, Paul Chizik and Thomas Anfield 1990-1998
Seattle Realism Academy, Studies with Tony Ryder 2000

PUBLICATIONS

“Own A Luminescence”, Lucy Hyslop, Vancouver Sun Newspaper, October 2010
“Catch and Release”, The light in the paintings of Lil Chrzan by Dr. Michael Thoma

AWARDS

North Shore Fans Award, 2007 Winner for Artistic Merit

COLLECTIONS

St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C.
Pettit and Company Law Firm
Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, permanent collection
Vancouver General Hospital Foundation, permanent collection