It's hard not to be drawn to the women. Expressive. Feminine. Provocative. Dynamic. The sirens of Lori Koprowski's "Femme Series" will suck you in.
"Lori's work is contemporary, yet feminine, so many different types of people are drawn to it. The colors and imagery immediately capture your attention," said Christine Turnbull, owner of Turnbull Fine Art.
"Femme Series," a collection of Koprowski's oil paintings, will be unveiled during a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Turnbull Fine Art, 137 Hana Highway, Paia. Created on canvas, wood and paper, the artist employs interlocking shapes, vibrant color and exaggerated and abstract female forms, along with playful symbols and provocative, feminine forms.
Lori Koprowski’s oil paintings will be on display at Turnbull Fine Art, including “Dragon Dragon” 48” x 36”,
Turnbull Fine Art photo
Koprowski's body of work is inspired from the warmth of the islands she visited during travels through Asia, Australia and Fiji.
"I used to outrigger paddle and before practice, I would sketch my Polynesian and Tahitian friends," Koprowski said in a release. "Soon I began to paint them, and then I started to exaggerate their forms with long, flowing hair, pointy breasts, expressive lips. It formed into the style that is my 'Femme Series' today."
Turnbull said Koprowski's contemporary style is collected and sought by people from around the world. "We had a couple from Seattle in recently and they were immediately drawn to her color palette," she said. "They said her artwork was the perfect way to thwart the gloominess of drizzly Northwest winters. . . . Her work feels very positive, just like Lori herself."
Turnbull Fine Art is located at the Shops of Paia, across from Charley's Restaurant. The exhibition opening coincides with Paia's Fourth Friday events. For more information about Koprowski, visit turnbullfineart.com or call the gallery at 579-9385.
Don't miss the free opening celebration and sculpture blessing of Patrick Dougherty's stick sculpture at 5 p.m. Friday the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao. The world-renowned environmental sculptor has led close to 200 volunteers over the course of about three weeks to create what is being hailed as the largest work of public art that Maui has seen.
For daily updates on the sculpture, visit huinoeau.blogspot.com/.