Peter A. Barelkowski started experimenting with painting in the 70’s and in 1975 he established his first studio. His art education began with an MA from the University of Poznan and continued at Goldsmith College (Poznan, Poland), Ontario College of Art in Toronto (1985 – 1988) and less formally - in London, England ( Camden Arts Centre ) and Norway, where he was street performing for tourists during the late 70's. His paintings are in private collections in Europe, USA and Canada. His studio is currently located in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
Artist Statement: “In his recent body of work, Peter A. Barelkowski is exploring the human experience of loneliness and isolation. Creating a paradox between his joyful colours and darker subject matter, his paintings attempt to play with our ideas around sadness. As a form of subtle escapism, the figures in his paintings are depicted in a one dimensional, cartoonish style – with almost grotesque undertones. By doing so, Barelkowski hopes to create the feel of another world. One that can be seen as fantastic, or merely underwater or underground – all places that exude the feel of a lost and isolated environment”.