Corynn Kokolakis

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, Ontario

Corynn is a full-time artist and mom of three. Having given up painting for over a decade to raise her family, her reinvigorated practice strives to merge the disparate roles of mother and artist through the centring of child development and the labour of caregiving.

Corynn’s vivid renderings record intimate moments of transition and development, capturing children when they are most honest and without reserve. The figurative gesture is celebrated, and a sense of the individual emerges as each child moves autonomously through the world. With an emphasis on the caregiver’s point of view, these sensitive portrayals anchor the fleeting firmly in paint, giving weight to emotion and memory. The work is painted allaprima, welcoming the viewer to explore the material processes of oil paint. The result is a contrast that plays between the stillness of the image and the dynamic movements inherent in the physical act of painting.

Corynn earned her BFA in the Drawing and Painting program at OCADU, where she received the Akin Career Launcher Award. Her work has been featured on Breakfast Television, CP24, and She Does the City. She works out of the Akin Studios in Toronto and her work can be found in private collections in the UK, the US, France, Australia, and Canada.


Inside the Studio


Describe your home in 3 words

Controlled. Kid. Chaos.

Best season of the year in Toronto

Pumpkin Spice, of course.

Favourite musical artist / band right now

Brandi Carlile, as I get older it seems I'm returning to my roots. I'm in awe of her talent drive and powerful female perspective.

Coffees per day and from where

3. Fresh ground, french press or pour over, at home or in studio, strong and black please.

Why is art important to you?

Art is the vehicle for connection, in an era of increased digital access to everything, real life physical engagement with and through art is becoming more and more essential.

When did you start making art, and why?

My return to painting after a long hiatus came quickly and fiercely. I have learned over the last few years that painting is not only a cornerstone of my identity it is an essential part of wellbeing.

Upcoming Exhibitions
Nov. '19 - Aug. 2020

Kalifer Culture Hub, Baycrest Health & Sciences, Toronto

June 6 - 30, 2020

Riverdale Art Walk Online

July 2 - 12, 2020

Toronto "Online" Art Fair

Sept. 22, 2020

Toronto, Ontario
Art Gems Auction

Sept. 25 - Oct. 15 2020

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Scarborough
Corynn Kokolakis & Marlene Kawelez

Select Past Exhibitions

Leslie Grove Gallery, Toronto
4⁴ \ four-by-four \: an immersive virtual art show


Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Scarborough
Introspection, Scarborough Arts 34th Annual Juried Exhibition


Toronto Public Library-Leaside
Into View


Women's Art Association of Canada, Toronto


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto


PI Fine Art, Toronto
Artist Feature


OCADU, Toronto
GradEx 104


OCADU, Toronto
Look Inside


Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke
OSA 2018 Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition


Artists' Network Gallery, Toronto
Transitions: Madsie Bouffard, Corynn Kokolakis & Zoey Zoric


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto


Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
A Portrait Gallery: Juried Group Exhibition


Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake
11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition


Arta Gallery, Toronto
Dear World


Gerrard Art Space, Toronto
The Painting Show


Akin Studio Career Launcher


Artist's Network
Best in Show-Art Walk in the Square


She Does the City
"GradEx 2019: Corynn Kokolakis’ art marks the world through a caregiver's eyes,"


OCAD-U Highlights 'Ones to Watch' On Eve of Massive, Free Art Event,


Jamie Checks out OCAD University's 104th GradEx art exhibit,


Breakfast Television, CTV
Nicole LIVE at OCAD University


BFA- Drawing and Painting


Centennial College
Visual Arts Certificate

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