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Dominik J Modlinski , ASA, CSPWC

Dominik Modlinski immigrated to Canada at the age of 16, at which point he studied painting and drawing at the Ontario College of Art. While studying landscape painting, he was naturally drawn to the wilderness of Northern Ontario. In the summer of 1993, he moved to Algoma to paint at the Algoma School of Landscape Arts. This location provided unlimited access to the wilderness and a greater understanding of the Group of Seven’s involvement with the land.

Dominik Modlinski’s numerous wilderness expeditions have encompassed his physical experience of the land and sense of adventure, which in turn has inspired his work. He has done several trips across the Rockies. Artistically, the majestic mountains of Kluane National Park are as much of an inspiration to Dominik as the landscape of Algoma and Lake Superior country.


“Living and painting on location for several days is in my view mandatory for creating a successful studio work. Working on it from photographs cannot be a very successful undertaking. It’s just a reproduction. When you live and work right on the spot, when you’re experiencing the weather changes, the animals that travel (lots of times it’s a grizzly that travels right beside… in front of my easel), you really learn to feel the land, that particular mountain, that particular river or forest. So later on in my studio, it’s like being in a library. I’m able to pull the senses, the smell of the location and remember how it felt and I’m able to apply that into the brushstroke. The brushstroke is a representation of how an artist feels at that given moment. It is one of the most difficult challenges: to be able to recreate that feeling that you have when you are in the field later on in the studio work.” Dominik J Modlinski, ASA, CSPWC

Alberta Society of Artists
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour

1994 Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Scholarship
1993 David L. Stevenson Scholarship for Proficiency in Drawing & Painting
1992 Friends of O.C.A., Year Three, for Proficiency in Fine Art

Altamira Investments Inc
Husky Injection Mouldings
Magna Corp.
Pat Quinn – Toronto Maple Leafs

2008 CTV News

1993 Algoma School of Lanscape Arts, Algoma, ON
1986 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON

2013 Horizons, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011 20+20, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2008 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2007 Artist Demonstration, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Artist Demonstration, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Painting Demonstration, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 ACC Centennial, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 A Sense of Place, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004 A Northern Journey, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004 From Ocean to Icefields, Yukon Art Centre, Whitehorse, YT
2003 Wonder of Water, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2002 Year of the Mountain, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2001 Wild Places, Libby’s Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1999 Small Picture Show, Libby’s Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998 Discovering Algoma, Libby’s Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998 Recent Works, Atlin Courthouse, Atlin, BC
1998 CIBC Private Banking & Libby’ s of Toronto, CIBC Private Banking, Toronto, ON
1998 Reverence lost?, Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998 Participation in Engage ‘ 98, Whitehorse, YT
1998 Points of View, Captain Martin House Gallery, Whitehorse, YT
1998 20th Anniversary, Libby’s Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1997 Recent Works, Atlin Courthouse, Atlin, BC
1997 Worlds of Light, Private Show, Toronto, ON
1997 Participation in Taku Fine Art Auction, Vancouver, BC
1996 Oil Paintings & Watercolours, Libby’s Art Gallery, Toronto ON
1996 Majestic Mountains, Libby’s Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1994 Recent Paintings, Gallery Pekao, Toronto, ON
1994 Dynamics of Nature, Bailey Bedard Studio Gallery & Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Toronto, ON
1993 Painters & Sculptors Fifteen – 80 Spadina, Gallery 304, Arts Week, Toronto, ON

” Stein Valley – To Protect its Natural and Cultural Heritage”.
Watercolour image chosen for the marketing poster
1994 Interview with an Artist – CFMT International, Toronto, ON
1994 Published by Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Vancouver, BC
1996 ” Interview with an Artist” – Vision TV, Toronto, ON
1997 Cover page of Taku Fine Art Auction Catalogue
1998 Oil painting chosen for the Unicef Christmas Card
2001 “Interview with an Artist” – CBC TV North, Whitehorse, YT
2001 Article in the “International Artist” magazine – “Visual excitement and Spiritual Connection” , No. 19
2001 Cover page of the “Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine”, Volume 6, No. 3
2001 International Artist Magazine
2003 Article in the “The Yukon News” – Artist Thrives in Inclement Weather
2008 Magazin’ Art

2002 – 2006 Drawing and Painting instructor at North Mount Pleasant Art Centre, Calgary, AB
1998 – 2001 Chief instructor of the Atlin Martial Arts Center, Atlin, B.C. – teaching karate to children and adults
1995 – 2000 Guest art teacher, instructor and wilderness guide at Atlin Art Center, Atlin, B.C.
1993 – 1995 Assistant instructor at the downtown YMCA Karate Club, Toronto, ON

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