Joanna Tlok

Initiation into art, and the life of a career artist, came to Joanna Tlok through a series of chance events. Her first experience in art-making came when she was seven years old. It took several more years, however, for the ambition of being a professional artist to take hold. After years of formal training in visual arts and work as a professional artist and a teacher in Poland, Tlok immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991, where she has begun her career with a new audience.

While Tlok’s paintings are figurative, color and light are, in fact, her true subject matter. Her main vehicles for helping us appreciate these elements are her depictions of fabric. In her examinations of fabric, Tlok finds gratification in bringing us uncommon studies of the commonplace. Fabric is so ubiquitous and plays such a huge role in everyday life that people seldom take the time to appreciate its visual qualities and its interplay with light. This is what Tlok shows to us by making simple fabric the subject of thoughtful painting.

Her starting point for each painting is to arrange a composition out of fabric on the wall in her studio so she can use it as an inspiration for her work.

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Simple Things

In the Flower Shop “In the Flower Shop”

Oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in

Special Occasion “Special Occasion ”

Oil on canvas, 60 x 36 in

Bouquet “Bouquet”

Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in

In Full Bloom “In Full Bloom”

Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 in

Magnolia “Magnolia”

Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in

Frosty Backyard “Frosty Backyard”

Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in

Morning “Morning”

Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in

Afternoon “Afternoon”

Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in

Indian Summer “Indian Summer”

Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in

Another Rainy Day “Another Rainy Day”

Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 in