Monica Gewurz

Monica Gewurz, Enriched Slate, 2015

Monica Gewurz, artist

Born in Lima, Peru, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976 where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. She obtained her Fine Art Certificate from Emily Carr University in 2014. She is currently enrolled in the Advanced Study Certificate- Painting at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and has traveled extensively throughout the world studying different art forms.

Her interests and focus are: acrylic painting, photography, and jewelry design using stones, pearls, sterling silver and silver clay.

Monica’s energy and passion are expressed in her unique jewelry, mixed media paintings and abstract photographs. Her artwork draws upon the exceptional natural landscape and diverse marine life of British Columbia as well as tribal symbolism which she captures in silver, on photographs or canvas.

She applies thick layers of acrylic paint with palette knives that develop an almost 3-D effect which suggests organic energy, flow and movement. The complex surface and depth in her paintings is created using multiple techniques: overlaying thin and thick layers of opaque and translucent acrylic colour gels, inks, silver and gold leaf, and incorporating natural materials including sand, paper, fabric, stones, pearl dust and stone.

Her paintings and jewelry have been displayed at various galleries and design boutiques including: Ukama Gallery in Granville Island; the Museum of Northwest Art (MONA) shop in La Conner Washington; Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery Granville Island; Ferry Building Gallery West Vancouver; Seymour Art Gallery; BC Museum of Anthropology; Royal BC Museum in Victoria; Audain Art Museum in Whistler; Spirit Gallery in West Vancouver; Craft Council of BC Galleries at Granville Island, Vancouver Airport’s US and domestic terminals; the Ferry Building Gallery; Marilynn’s boutique, Yamasaki Apparel and at “Loot” gallery in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Lions Bay Art Council (Director), the North Shore Art Council, the North Shore Artists Guild and the Craft Council of BC.

She donates part of her proceedings to the Brooke Foundation in the UK and to the SPCA in Vancouver to assist cats, dogs, horses and donkeys in need, art work to the Children’s Heart Foundation among others.