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|Elaine Gloria Kowalsky|
Elaine Kowalsky (September 24, 1948 to September 17, 2005) was a Canadian printmaker and artists' rights campaigner who lived and worked in the United Kingdom for over 30 years. Her prints and various other artworks are held in collections around the world.
Life and Work
Elaine Gloria Kowalsky was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1948, the daughter of Cliff and Rosemary Kowalsky. She had three brothers, Cliff, Barry and Ken. She grew up in Charleswood.
Kowalsky attended the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, majoring in Printmaking. Upon her graduation in 1971, she moved to London to further her artistic studies and her printmaking career. In 1977 she was instrumental in organizing an ACGB Studio Conversion Grant for the building of the artists co-operative North Star Studios, in Brighton. She was married to Elton Bash in 1978. In 1982 she was the artist in residence, Lowick House Workshop, Cumbria. In 1987 she was named to the first Henry Moore Fellowship in Printmaking at the Leeds Polytechnic. She continued producing and exhibiting work and at the same time earned a Masters in Visual Theory, at the University of East London. At the time of her death, she was registered for M.Phil in Drawing, Royal College of Art.
Throughout her career, Elaine was instrumental in working towards full copyright protection for artists and their works. Noting a lack of regulation in the industry, she organized with fellow artists the Artlaw organization, which primarily sought to give copyright to artists' images and royalty payments upon resale of art. This organization evolved into the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS). Elaine was the chair of DACS for many years, and campaigned for legislative changes to give the copyright protection to artists that was afforded to other creative industry workers. She died in September 2005, shortly before the legislation she helped to bring about came into effect in January, 2006.
DACS named their gallery located in Clerkenwell, London the Kowalsky Gallery in her honour. Exhibitions, artist talks and performances seek to engage the audience and artists in exploration of the role of the artist in the contemporary world.
- Judith Nesbitt. "Obituary:Elaine Kowalsky". The Guardian, Wednesday 28 September 2005. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Elaine Kowalsky". DACS Kowalsky Gallery. The Design and Artists Copyright Society. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "The Kowalsky Gallery". Comment. Contemporary Art Projects. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- Hearts and Vessels: New Work by Elaine Kowalsky. (Leeds City Art Gallery, 1988)
- Kowalsky, Elaine. Larger Than Life: March 8-April 5, 1986 (Ikon Gallery, 1986)
- Art & Technology, War & the Body, Women's Art Magazine, volume 63 (Mar/Apr 95)
- www.theprintstudio.co.uk entry on Kowalsky retrieved from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
- personal website
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