Domink J. Modlinski was born in Warsaw, Poland Nov 20, 1970. From an early age he studied printmaking and later attended the School for Artistic Crafts and Design in Warsaw. In 1987 he immigrated to Canada and studied fine arts at Ontario College of Art in Toronto, where he graduated with honours in 1993. It was while studying landscape painting, that Dominik was naturally drawn to the wilderness of Northern Ontario. Following his graduation he moved to the Algoma region of Ontario to paint at the Algoma School of Landscape Arts. Since then he peruses his passion to paint the wilderness in various locations around the globe. As a matter of course, Dominik incorporates the journey motif, his creative process and his personal growth into his work.
In the early 90s his travels led him to the Yukon wilderness and the far North, where he truly found his inner creative calling depicting the dramatic landscapes of Canada. Now, for over 15 years Dominik consistently returns to his isolated cabin in the northern village of Atlin, British Columbia to painting and explore. This wild location borders on the Yukon and Alaskan territories which offer access to a diverse and spectacular ecosystem. This ever changing and harsh environment provides Dominikwith limitless inspiration as he journeys through the path of natures four seasons.
Dominiks painting journeys are a wilderness experience based upon weeks of traveling rugged and barren lands to capture in plein air style the majesty of nature. His northern travels have inspired him to explore further and visit many of earth last remaining wilderness areas. Some of the most extreme painting expeditions took him across continents and hemispheres such as Antarctica, High Arctic, Greenland, and Patagonia and most recently in to the wilds of Namibia and South Africa. As we witness disappearance of wilderness around the globe, Modlinskis quest is to portray a need to preserve the beauty of our planet and inspire people to do so through his paintings, photographs, stories and videos.
When he is not traveling, Modlinski shares his art practice between his home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and his cabin in Atlin, British Columbia. During the time when he is not painting Dominik follows his second passion, martial arts. He has been training for 25 years various styles and currently holds a rank of 5th degree black belt.
The artists work can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world. Dominik exhibits regularly and is represented by numerous art galleries such as Canada House , Banff, AB., Peninsula Gallery , Sidney, BC, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Mountain Galleries , Whistler, BC, Jasper, AB and by John A. Libby Fine Art , Toronto, ON.His work is also published by Natures Scene in Georgetown, ON.
1989 - 1993 Ontario College of Art, Drawing & Painting Diploma awarded with Honours.
SCHOLARSHIPS / GRANTS
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship, November 1994.
David L. Stevenson Scholarship for Proficiency in Drawing & Painting, May 1993.
Friends of O.C.A., Year Three, for Proficiency in Fine Art, May 1992.
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour
The Alberta Society of Artists
Horizons Canada House Gallery, Banff, May 2013
20 + 20 Canada House Gallery, Banff, April 2011
Painters Journeys Elliott Louis Gallery , Vancouver, October 2009
" Recent Works " John A. Libby Gallery, Toronto ON, November 2008
Northern Journeys - Canada House Gallery, Banff, September 2004
From Ocean to Icefields - Yukon Art Centre, Whitehorse YT, June 2004
Wild Places - Libby's Art Gallery, Toronto ON, April 2001
Discovering Algoma " - Libby's Art Gallery, Toronto ON, October 1998
" Recent Works " - Atlin Courthouse, Atlin BC, July 1998
" Recent Works " - Atlin Courthouse, Atlin BC, July 1997
" Oil Paintings & Watercolours " - Libby's Art Gallery, Toronto ON, November 1996
" Dynamics of Nature "- Bailey Bedard Studio Gallery & Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Toronto ON, September 1994
" Recent Paintings "- Gallery Pekao, Toronto ON, May 1994
Toadlena: A Trading Post Visited Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ, USA, Nov 2011