Thursday, September 25, 2014

interview with Crystal Lee of AWESOME SAUCE TV

Thank you for the great article Crystal Lee of Awesome Sauce!

"The contemporary figurative paintings of Aleks Bartosik aren't something you'd typically see hanging in a dining room.  With wildly intense subjects and colour, her paintings are vivid and disconcerting.  How do you create powerful and memorable work?  Aleks tries not to worry so much about what will or will not sell.  Instead she sticks to her goal as an artist, wich is to create visceral pieces that give viewers an emotionally moving experience." 
__  Crystal Lee

To read full article visit  Awesome Sauce.
Lee, Crystal.  "Art Follows Heart: How to create impactful work."  Awesome Sauce: September 9, 2014.

aleks Bartosik.  in a dream (2014) acrylic, conte and oil on canvas.  5x5'


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fatima Andrade and aleks Bartosik

September 14 to October 26, 2014
Closing Reception: October 26 12-1pm

Neighbourhood Gallery
(north & south)

Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation
79 Hiawatha Avenue
Toronto Ontario M4L 2X7

 Gallery open:  10am - 3pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Curator Lauren McKinley Renzetti

Galerie la Petite Mort in Ottawa présents: 

solo exhibition by aleks Bartosik
old and new work
September 5th - 25th, 2014.

VERNISSAGE: Friday, September 5th, 7-10PM

(pre-sold) Another deer hug (2014), Pencil + Chalk pastel on Paper, 11.5 x 17.5 inches

The Burden March (2013), Pencil + Acrylic on Paper, 12 x 26 inches, $200


306 Cumberland Street

Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 7H9, Canada
T. (613) 860-1555


Tuesday, April 29, 2014


FIGURATIVE PAINTING with aleks Bartosik

Mondays 6:30PM - 9:30PM
May 26 - June 23, 2014
$190 (taxes included)/ 5wks
My Studio 

In this course, students will explore depictions of the human figure while also developing their own painting skills in acrylic or oil in a more intimate setting of only 7 students maximum. Exercises using life models are designed to effectively enhance the portrayal of the three-dimensional form through value, tone, colour theory and painting technique. Special attention will be given to learning correct body proportions and successfully rendering and mixing colours.

* students are expected to bring their own materials to each class.
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to view more examples of aleks Bartosik's work, please visit: 
ALeKs BaRtosiK ART

or… give a GIFT to someone who loves to DRAW 

The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga is having a NEW course added for the Spring Session, and I am teaching it!  Classes have started, but don't fear - only ONE class will be missed if you sign up now.


Thursdays 7-10pm, 10 weeks
April 24 to June 26, 2014

Designed for novice- and intermediate-level artists, this course will allow for practice and experimentation in a wide range of drawing techniques and mediums. Creating compositions from life, photographs and the imagination, participants will refine their abilities, learn new skills and draw with more confidence.

Materials extra; a supply list is available online or at the Box Office.
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting for the Absolute Beginner or equivalent experience.

Ages 18+


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Please "Like" my FACEBOOK PAGE at : ALeKs BaRtosiK ART 
Thank you to everyone who visits this blog.  Without your support my work wouldn't grow.  Sharing is important for Creativity.  


photo credit: leah griffin. 2013
I am proposing a course to the Art Gallery of Ontario that combines two disciplines: Painting and Music.  In order to proceed, I need a solid list of Canadian musicians who would be willing to pose for 2 hours for a painting class (portraiture), as well as, share with the students their craft; either sing, rap, or play an instrument for about 20-30 minutes at the beginning of the class.  Duets are also welcome! This will be a paying gig (standard model fee; 20$/hr).  Dates to be determined.  Once the dates are finalized, the chosen musicians will be notified and will need to be present in the city of Toronto to attend the 3-hour class on the assigned date. The course will most likely run in the Fall of 2014 or Spring of 2015.  

Nominate a musician you know or apply yourself!

Send all SUBMISSIONS via email to Aleks Bartosik at no later than April 20th, 2014.

Submissions must include:

(A) musician’s contact information (email, phone, address, website or blog, if applicable)

(B) a short bio (100 words max)

(C) a sample of your work.  Samples can only be links: either to a Youtube, Vimeo, or a Soundcloud link, and should NOT be longer than 10 minutes (please provide one link only!)

(D) one-page CV showing your experience, that includes your full contact information

(E) one-paragraph proposal what you (and your partner if doing a duet) intend to perform for the class (you will be expected to bring your own instruments/music equipment)

Professional musician: having at least 5 years experience in the music field and had performed in front of an audience, nationally (and internationally). Professional musicians include performers, composers, arrangers, conductors, lyricists, etc. A professional musician is someone who has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions); is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (professional artists working in the same artistic tradition); is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially; has a history of public presentation in a professional context.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Art Battle Canada is proud to announce the first event in Mississauga! 

AB104 is being presented in partnership with the Living Arts Centre.  Please join us for three rounds of live competitive painting. Art Battle holds monthly events in more than a dozen cities across the country.  It's always an inspiring night of talent, courage and community.

my painting that I created for the 1st round, and won!

TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 12th, twelve professional and emerging painters will compete to become the next Art Battle champion, the winner earning a cash prize and a spot in the Mississauga Championship in June 2014. The winner of the Finals will compete in the 2014 National Championship.

Featured Artists:

Carrie Bloomfield
Anya Mielniczek
Aleks Bartosik
Nicole Minshall
Robert Bentley
Natasha Gouveia
Agnieszka Mrowca
Kumkum Ramchandani
Camille Lauren
Kim Lee Kho
Suzana Radoi Zanettos

Our friends at the Art Gallery of Mississauga will be joining us in sharing this event and rewarding the winner of Art Battle 104 with a free AGM membership! Check out some of the great programming at  

To see videos of Art Battle, please visit:
Facebook Event: Art Battle Mississauga

Art Battle is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home. This is Art Battle Canada’s 5th amazing season. 

Art Battle 104
Wednesday, March 12th, 7:00pm
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga ON
Tickets $20 at the Door

15$ Earlybird
$10 Students/Seniors

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

La Petite Mort Gallery presents:

new works / theatre of cruelty

Show is open from DECEMBER 6, 2013 - JANUARY 2, 2014

Vernissage/Opening Reception:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2013. 7-10pm 

* painting performance at 7pm
* dj and drinks

Music provided by co-op students from the Capital DJ Academy who will play a mix of groovy tech house, nu-jazz, and deep house while Aleks Bartosik does her live painting event.

306 Cumberland Ave.Ottawa, ON

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“I cry out in the dream but I know that I am dreaming and over BOTH SIDES OF THE DREAM I make my will prevail.”

- Antonin Artaud, from Theatre and its Double (1938)

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In her upcoming La Petite Mort Gallery exhibition, Aleks Bartosik presents new works that center on a theme of metamorphosis, capturing figures in the intermediate spaces between the internal self and the manifest extension of the mind and body into visual space. In this series of works, Bartosik offers neither fully animal nor human figures, but rather, hybrid creatures held within a tensed space of the imagined and the real.

In her practice, Bartosik extends drawing elements into the realms painting, sculpture, performance, film/video and installation. Her experimentations with form and figure are grounded by an instinct to dream and thus suspend reality. As such, Bartosik’s works can be seen from a view of life as theatre.

We are all performers – both within and outside of ourselves, in private and in public. It follows that we redeem our physical bodies by allowing our innermost imaginations, fantasies and desires to take shape. And it is only when we become conscious of our immaterial potential that we hold the power manipulate and subvert “accepted” reality and thus create new reality.

From this view, this exhibit centers on a process of metamorphosis or becoming of the self. Subsequently, Bartosik’s works can be read through such themes as repression and manifestation, instinct and knowledge, emotion and gesture, and identity and artifice. If the very notion of the theatre forces us to believe in (or at least temporarily accept) some emotive truth that lies beneath performance, then further, in Bartosik’s ‘theatre of the self’, we must read each, figure, form and symbol as operating from within a kind of emotional intelligence.

Bartosik’s practice can be reflected onto Antonin Artaud’s theory of the ‘Theatre of Cruelty’, which advocates that the role of the spectator must be implicated from within the spectacle on a deeply human, instinctive level. Artaud’s ‘cruelty’ does not point to a literal reading physical violence, but rather to a violence that disrupts order, normalcy, and thus, defeats socially accepted “false reality”. In this view, if we can direct our instinctive drive towards a liberated physical determination, we can defeat false reality and, however paradoxically, begin again in a chaos towards something new. Bartosik works from within this gesture, in the attempt to offer the imaged as the real, and thus, to blur the distinction of life through art in general.

Following Artaud, Bartosik’s works inherently implicate the spectator through the spectacle. The strength of her visual language depends on our willingness to recognize ourselves from within and without. Bartosik’s figures, arrested in a flux of means and ends – at once morphing and evolved, or repressed and manifesting – push towards an idea that we are always more than what we are immediately willing to know. As such, her creative process is motivated by the dualities of inner and outer experiences; the particularities, delicacies, sensitivities, and obsessions held within relationships, between lovers, siblings, strangers, and finally, from within ourselves. 

It is in this complex emotional space that Bartosik’s figures breathe with a kind of fluidity from both within and beyond the work itself. This is her theatre of cruelty. And there is indeed a cruelty within all of us. However paradoxically, it is in this search to shatter and thus exceed “false reality” that there rests a kind of grace. Fantasy, illusion, and theatre are only as real as permit them to be. 

- Written for LPM Gallery by Adam Barbu, 2013
- Exhibition Curated by Guy Berube, LPM

- See more at:La Petite Mort Gallery: Aleks Bartosik
aleks bartosik ART website

desolate paper queen (2013)
performance and installation by aleks bartosik

Monday, October 28, 2013

Santiago, CHILE

image: Coyote (2013), Whitney Lewis-Smith

image: into the light/performance (2013), Aleks Bartosik

a short documentary video of my performance:

November 1 - 30, 2013
Vernissage: November 1st, 8-11pmat the Muestra Colectiva InternacionalSANTIAGO, CHILE

Artistas / Artists


The Post Mortem concept is conventionally associated with a mournful imagery, corresponding to an idea of uncertainty towards a dimension that is still unknown to us. The afterdeath is not necessarily a tragic element once you dissect and understand the origin of the condition. We face a variety of experiential and spiritual possibilities that are achieved once we assume a loss of the physical body and what this loss could unveil.

Post Mortem / YESSR6 reviews the concept of death, questioning its meaning, to redefine it as a portal or as a beginning of a new process, as parallel reality or even as an unappealable end of the sensitive experience. This subject matter will reveal how different cultures look at death and what may come after it, making cross paths with religion, culture and spirituality.

thank you to Ontario Arts Council for making it possible for me to travel to Santiago, Chile.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

ON NOW in TORONTO: Guelph-Humber Gallery

As part of the Guelph-Humber Undergraduate Program, students are assigned to work with an independent artist and curate a show featuring their work.  I am one of the artists who has been chosen for the Programme and this is what my group of students came up with (see details below).  If you're in Toronto, I hope you can come out and view the exhibition, it's up until November 5th, 2013.  I think this is a great idea for an assignment and I'm happy to be a part of it!


University of Guelph-Humber Gallery Presents:

Aleks In Wonderland Presents...
It's Not Safe Down the Rabbit Hole

Art Work by Aleks Bartosik

Exhibition runs until November 5th, 2013

open weekdays from 12-5pm, or call the gallery for an appointment.

Guelph-Humber Gallery
207 Humber College Blvd, 1st floor
Toronto, ON M9W 5L7

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

... in TORONTO


TONIGHT, Tuesday September 24th, I will be participating at the Art Battle 66 in TORONTO. The Battle starts at 7:30pm at the Great Hall, and viewers who come out to the event will be voting on who wins the Battle. 
Let the paintbrushes paint!

for event info:

In addition, I'm honoured to be asked to exhibit at the the 7th ANNUAL MANIFESTO FESTIVAL curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes. The exhibition is only on till this Thursday, so if you get a chance - do pop by!

Located at:
918 Bathurst
Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education
gallery hrs: 12-4pm till September 26th.

for event info and photos:

Photo credit:  Ashley McKenzie-Barnes
curator of MANIFESTO
& Visual Arts Director

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Friday, August 16th at 10pm at the Tranzac, Toronto.

"lightsweetcrude [...] just released its debut album, "Listen to the Colour" come out on August 16th and hear their sound! Luke Vajsar Music opens and I will be doing the art projections for Lightsweetcrude.  

Enjoy some photos from the concert:

photo credit: Oliver Da Silva, 2013

photo credit: Oliver Da Silva, 2013
photo credit: Oliver Da Silva, 2013
photo credit: Michael Chelin, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

 La Petite Mort Gallery presents
July 5 – 28, 2013

Vernissage Friday July 5th / 7-10pm

Tunes Capital DJ Academy
Proudly Sponsored by CKCU 93.1FM & SPAO

 Le Cabinet des Curiosités (also known as Kunstkammer, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, or wonder-rooms) was an encyclopedic collection of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined. Museums trace their history and origins to the cabinets of Renaissance princes and scholars. They were but one manifestation of a fascination with collecting which emerged in the fifteenth century out of an attempt to manage the explosion of materials disseminated upon the West’s contact with foreign nations. Collecting developed as a way of maintaining some degree of control over the natural word. Knowledge of the world could no longer be contained or explained by a set of canonized texts – such as the Bible – therefore a new form of containment was necessary to retain a position of power.

The catalogued contents of cabinets of curiosity deliberately annihilate narrative logic; one item follows the other in no rational order to reproduce the aesthetics of dislocation, irrationality, and impressionism. Such cabinets ignore causal connections by randomly juxtaposing items addressing different themes, and by linking them under the physical rubric of visual pleasure. Similarly, La Petite Mort Gallery hopes to feature the strongest of its painters – technically and thematically – whose work is both flawless and internationally respected. However due to the visual content, the work produced by these artists is often received as a curiosity, rather than as something to possess, cherish and enjoy. New ways of seeing must be explored and employed if one is to surpass a notion of high art which relies on adhering to canonized restrictions. Upon exploring La Petite Mort Gallery’s cabinet of curiosity one has the potential to discover the wonders that exist within each individual and his/her form of expression – regardless of how disjunctive or schizophrenic they may be. In unique ways, each artist’s expression aims to represent and comprehend physical reality through an interpretation of their experience of material culture.   

– written for La Petite Mort Gallery by Laura Carusi, 2013


Derek Stefanuk, Montreal
Daniel Barkley, Montreal
JeanPaul Mallozzi, Miami
Peter Shmelzer, Ottawa
Francois Escalmel, Montreal
Aleks Bartosik, Toronto
Andrew Moncrief, Montreal
Andrew Salgado, London
Martin Ouellette, Montreal

aleks bartosik. "chromophobia" (2013) 
acrylic and oil on canvas. 12.25 x 8"