Denver Art Gallery



November 2010 - Westword
By Michael Paglia

Abstraction 2010: Ania Gola-Kumor, is on view at the Sandra Phillips Gallery. Gola-Kumor has been exhibiting in Denver for decades; her signature style is all-over abstractions formed from clearly defined shapes that fill the picture plane to the edges, like the pieces of an enigmatic puzzle. Her painterly technique is breathtaking, with lots of overpainting in broken passages across the picture that is emphasized by a sense for drawing, as though Gola-Kumor had scribbled across the canvases and then carefully filled in the resulting automatist forms with layer upon layer of pigment — which is precisely what she did. The automatism links her to abstract expressionism, while the meditative followup makes her approach distinctly different.

Gola-Kumor's palettes are remarkable and unerring in their elegant balance. The paintings in this group are closely associated formally, but not in terms of their colors, which, though defined by a limited range within each piece, encompass the entire spectrum of color across the series. Some are filled with hot, toned-up reds and oranges, while others are in cool, recessive shades of creams and greens; all are untitled.

October 29, 2010 - The Denver Post

A Winning Duo

By Kyle MacMillan

Two of the region's top veteran painers - Ania Gola-Kumor and Andrew Speer - are featured in a show openiing today and running through Dec. 11 at the Sandra Phillips Gallery. 774 Santa Fe Drive. Both create elusive, abstracted visal realms with hints of narative. A public reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Free

Ania Gola-Kumor in her studio

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