Mara Korkola creates small, snapshot-sized meditative landscapes. Painted in one session, her works have both a freshness and sense of immediacy. Using her own photographs, she proceeds through the artistic process to transform mundane environments like highways and suburban streets into a scattering of lights that take on the beauty of constellations.
Korkola holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a BFA from Wichita State University (Kansas) and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto). She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including Painting as Paradox at Artists Space (New York), Synthetic Psychosis at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), High Roads and Low Roads at the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University, 60 Painters, a survey of Toronto painters, and Auto-Motive: World from the Windshield, at Oakville Galleries. Her work is in private and corporate collections, including Scotiabank, CHUBB, TD Bank, McCarthy Tetrault, Fidelity Investments and Hydro Quebec, among others. Korkola is represented by ELLEPHANT, Montreal, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton and Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.