Rooted in painting, her catalog includes figurative, landscapes and, most recently, a study of vessels. Pawlak’s practice has expanded to include industrial design, including mirror and rug collections. The through line in her work is an evocative, intuitive command of colour, material use and composition. Pawlak’s work is connected by her unique capacity to maintain a strong personal aesthetic through cohesive color palates and commitment to telling the truest version of her stories to the best of her capacity. She believes that great work tells the individual narrative with an honest vulnerability that allows the viewer to step into a shared narrative they can then claim as their collective truth.
Born and based in Vancouver, Pawlak received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, followed by an exchange at Universidad de las Américas Puebla. She was the artist-in-residence at the Summit Mountain Series in February 2018 and received the Western Living Industrial Designer of the Year in 2019.
Zoë’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Interior Design, The Globe and Mail and Martha Stewart Living. She’s presented select works at ICFF, WestEdge, AD Design Show and IDS West. Pawlak’s paintings are in the private collections of the Government of Canada, Cristina and Trevor Linden, Cobie Smulders and Club Monaco.
About the Showroom
Vancouver has been home to Pawlak and her work for so long—now, her pieces have a home of their own in the city.
With the Zoë Pawlak showroom, there’s now a space for Pawlak’s work to be experienced outside of private residential spaces, with works and collections hung thoughtfully, publicly and in conversation with one another. It’s a break in the physical-digital divide: an opportunity to experience art, and not just view it.
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