ABOUT THE ARTIST
j'ai été passionnée par l'art toute ma vie .
Contemporary award-winning artist, Lillian Markowski-Black grew up on the east coast of Canada. Innately imaginative and expressive, from the moment she was able to hold crayons she discovered a colorful world of scribbles and doodles that soon turned into drawings and paintings.
She never envisioned anything other than being an artist and naturally followed an artistic path, living a life immersed in creativity.
Her artistic identity now is one of a compelling and intuitive visual artist with a multidisciplinary arts background.
In addition to being a full time painter, Lillian is also an accomplished photographer, graphic artist and designer, a trained silversmith,
art instructor and educator and an avid traveler living in her element on the beautiful west coast of Canada where she works out of her studio just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Once freed from the limiting confines & boredom of high school, Lillian went on to study graphic art and design in college. While attending college, she began acquiring contract work as an illustrator. As she built a strong creative reputation and a name for herself, she soon began landing freelance jobs as a textile designer and quickly gained a devoted clientele.
More creative work followed and after graduating from college Lillian embarked on a career as an in-house graphic designer and colorist for major textile companies, working from ideas & pattern concepts through to designing, illustrating and overseeing fabric production directly with the textile mills.
With an inquiring mind and always interested in broadening her creative horizons, Lillian began attending metalsmithing workshops to learn how to fabricate jewelry and studied at the Interior Design Institute when she relocated to the west coast. On the fine art side of things, she was always painting outside of the design environment, so after much soul-searching and successful years in the graphics field, she decided to set aside her full time commercial art career to pursue her fine arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal where the interdisciplinary fine arts program integrates the development of theoretical abilities to evaluate contemporary artistic work through the exchange of ideas and dialogue within the practicing artistic community.
Accepted into Concordia University's BFA program, she returned to working as a freelance graphic artist while attending university full time.
As a studio arts major, Lillian explored a diverse range of artistic media and studied art history extensively, particularly ethnographic art, ultimately focusing her portfolio and passion on painting and photography.
While at university Lillian had the opportunity to continue her fine art studies in an artist residency in France under Paris-based painter Hanibal Srouji, dividing her time between a studio in the city of Nimes in Provence and Paris. She has also been very fortunate to have studied under renowned abstract artist Guido Molinari as well as influential Canadian painter Toni Onley.
Lillian Black is a published, international selling artist & has been involved in numerous exhibitions, independent shows and local and international arts events.
She has exhibited in national and international venues and galleries and her artwork can be found in many private collections.
With a dynamic, gestural styleer work is known for its organic movement & synesthetic influences.
Lillian Black received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University in Montreal & a Collegiate AEC Degree (attestation d'études collégiales) in Graphic Art & Design from Montreal's Academie Des Arts. She is also a graduate of the Interior Design Institute, Vancouver and is a juried member in The Federation Of Canadian Artists (FCA).
Lillian is also an independent art instructor in painting workshops and in creative programs for both the private & public education sectors.
She also offers professional & inspiring one-on-one art classes for adults at all levels of creative experience.*
*(Her adult painting sessions are taught with a unique method that combines the elements of both abstraction & realism with a focus on bringing out each students individual style in a supportive and exciting creative atmosphere. Contact the artist if you would like more information on her private lessons.)
NATURAL BORN ARTISTS
Recognized by The Decorator & Designers Association of Canada Certified Interior Decorators Intl. & IARC
701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC