About the Artist
At the opening of my exhibition, “Of People, Places and Beautiful Things”, Jane Marshall, (artist and writer, BFA, University of Toronto) made the following remarks:
“Lesha’s work leads us to experience new levels of association and meaning, and I am always aware of a quality in her work that reminds me that a feminine perspective is being expressed. It is not a stereotypical view because so much of her work is still life and flowers; rather, it is a reflection on a deep level of what it is to experience life as a woman.
…When I see things in her work that speak to pride in her Ukrainian heritage, to love of her daughter, to her passion for the natural world and its beauty, I know that everyone else, whether they know her or not, also shares those experiences… Lesha helps us to understand her subjects’ true natures, enriched with colours, forms, patterns, textures, symbols and shapes in her masterful conceptualizations.” December 4, 2011
There are places that are enchanted. One of them , I have discovered.
Since Jane wrote those comments, I have moved to Combermere , Ontario. I am presently working in various two dimensional media, exploring the theme of “Madawaska Valley”.
My interest in this theme derives not only from stories told about the Ukrainian town my parents came from, but also from the local Polish heritage here in Kashubi, and for my love for the landscapes of The Valley.
I have visited several local farms, lakes, and rivers and enjoyed conversations with my many new friends who inspire me with their dedication to the land, family and nature. This broad theme allows me to continue my exploration of portraits, flowers, and vistas.
Education, Exhibitions, Mentorship:
University of Toronto, Victoria College, B.A,1969
Ontario College of Art, 1982
Studio Mentors, Juanita LeBarre Symington, Hamilton and Joyce Devlin Ottawa
Teaching degree and secondary experience, 40 years, Art departments, Ottawa, GTA
Highlights of Exhibits from 1979, until present and ongoing:
Pierre luc St. Laurent Gallery, Wakefield
Plast Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Quan Schieder Gallery, Yorkville, Toronto
St. Vladimir Gallery, Toronto
Art Etc, Burlington, Seasons Gallery, Oakville
Sovereign Gallery, Oakville
KUMF Gallery, Toronto
Artistika Gallery, Oakville
Ukrainian Embassy, USOM, Ottawa
Open Water, CSPWC/SCPA Market Gallery, Award
Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Juried Exhibits, Awards, Collections:
Award at Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, 2007
Award, Summer Beauty, oil on canvas, Oakville, Juried exhibit, 2005
Article, Lesha, Painting with the Colours of Life, Arts about Town, vol.9 issue
Group shows at WAAC
AND Many collections, Europe, Mexico and Canada
For additional information see www.koko-sky.com and website for MVST
(Madawaska Valley Studio Tour)
Summer showroom , Front Porch Art, Combermere, On. 2019/21
Lesha Kokosky, Front Porch Art, Combermere, Ontario. Member of Madawaska Valley artists Tour.