Biography Beata Jakubek - Visual Artist
Beata Jakubek was born and educated in Poland. Before moving to Canada in 1997, she lived in Japan, the U.S. and traveled extensively around Southeast Asia.
Passion for colour and shape fuels Beata’s art. She paints with bright colours and chooses organic shapes over geometrical ones. Nature is her inspiration – it not only crops up in her landscapes and florals, but also in her abstracts.
Her paintings also reveal an East Asian influence. In Tokyo she studied sumi-e, traditional Japanese calligraphy, and ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement. Instead of haphazardly tossing flowers into a vase, Beata learned to organize them with an eye toward harmony and balance. Now she strives for the same kind of unity in her paintings; she thinks a lot about division of space.
Beata has exhibited in solo and group shows at Galerie Old Chelsea (Chelsea, QC), Galerie de la Rive (Rockland, ON), Ottawa School of Art Gallery and the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Art Center (Orleans, ON). She has paintings in private collections throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, France, Germany and Poland.
Beata is a member of the Foyer Gallery since 2014.
For her artwork she was awarded first prize in both watercolour (Arteast 2004; Ottawa Art Association 2007) and acrylics (Ottawa Art Association 2007 and 2008). She is an active member of the Ottawa Art Association, Ottawa Watercolour Society, Ottawa Mixed Media Artists and Arteast.
I paint in acrylics because of their versatility – acrylics can be applied very thinly like watercolours but also thickly with a palette knife like oils. I use a very limited palette, no more than five colours but I mix them a lot.
Recently I paint mostly landscapes of Ottawa and surrounding areas.