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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.


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Q+A

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.

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Upcoming Exhibitions
Sept 25-Oct 4

Toronto
Art walk in the Square, Online,

Oct, 2020

Baycrest Health & Sciences, Toronto
Collectors Circle

2021

Leslie Grove Gallery
Touchstones

2021

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Scarborough
Corynn Kokolakis & Marlene Kawelez

2021

Toronto, Ontario
Art Gems Auction

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

Kalifer Culture Hub, Baycrest Health & Sciences, Toronto
Fresh

2020

Toronto
Toronto "Online" Art Fair

2020

Toronto
Riverdale Art Walk Online

2020

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

2019

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

2019

Toronto Public Library-Leaside
Into View

2019

Women's Art Association of Canada, Toronto
Exuberant

2019

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto

2019

PI Fine Art, Toronto
Artist Feature

2019

OCADU, Toronto
GradEx 104

2018

OCADU, Toronto
Look Inside

2018

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

2018

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

2018

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto

2018

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

2018

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

2018

Arta Gallery, Toronto
Dear World

2017

Gerrard Art Space, Toronto
The Painting Show

Accolades
2019

OCADU
Akin Studio Career Launcher

2018

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

2020


Press
2020

Toronto "Online" Art Fair
Curated Collection by Robert Houle

2019

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

2019

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

2019

CP24
Jamie Checks out OCAD University's 104th GradEx art exhibit,

2019

Breakfast Television, CTV
Nicole LIVE at OCAD University

Education
2019

OCADU
BFA- Drawing and Painting

1998

Centennial College
Visual Arts Certificate

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