Showing at the Leslie Grove Gallery

Resurfacing—is an external exploration of surface and the material qualities of paint, as well as a reflection on a personal journey. These newest works mark a divergence in practice while remaining faithful to the subjects and threads that push it forward—growth, development, connection, and documentation spill out from the visible paint marks. Fluidity and image come together to inscribe a moment that is simultaneously an instant and a lifetime.

Created in the confine and quiet imposed during the global pandemic, these paintings explore the anxiety and tension of indefinite holding in a privileged place of belonging, safety, and comfort. Exhibited now, as we begin to reconnect, Resurfacing asks us to consider what filled the space between then and now and who we might strive to become as we emerge.

On View October 27th through November 7th, 2021

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 29  from 7 to 9 pm

Join us IN-PERSON for the Opening Reception at the Leslie Grove Gallery.

The following COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the reception:

  • All guests must provide their vaccine certificate or receipt and their ID when entering the gallery.
  • The gallery is required to check that the name and date of birth on the proof of vaccination match the ID.
  • Masking is required.
  • Food and wine will be served in individual portions

Meet the Artist:  2-4 pm Saturday,  October 30 and  2-4 pm Sunday,  November 7. Or by appointment

Featured Artist

Corynn Kokolakis is a figurative painter whose practice merges the disparate roles of mother and artist. Influenced by motion and materiality, her vivid renderings explore memory, childhood development, and caregiving. Her direct painting style investigates the labour of mark-making and material characteristics of oil paint: playing between the stillness of the image and the dynamic movements inherent in the physical process. 
Corynn is an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at York University. She earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University in 2019, where she was awarded the Akin, Partial, and Jumpstart Career Launchers. Recent exhibitions include Baycrest Health, Toronto Public Library, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, and Artgems Auction. She has been featured on Global News, BT, CP24, CBC Radio, and She does the City. Her work can be found in private collections in the UK, the US, Australia, France, and Canada.