As part of the Festival of the Arts, John Kuna will be presenting “The Process of Creating a Mural” on Monday, February 26th at 5:00pm at Artworks. John Kuna was born in Czechoslovakia and arrived in Canada at the age of eleven. He dedicated himself professionally to the art of mural painting shortly after completing his studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design. John was commissioned by a partnership of the Festival of the Arts Big Rapids Housing Commission and City of Big Rapids to prepare a large scale mural that will be displayed on the North side of the Fairman building. The inspiration for the artwork came form a visit to Big Rapids where he met with several members of the community and reviewed many historical photographs.
Having produced work for a broad range of clients such as the City of Toronto, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporations and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation among others, John has, over the years, gained a considerable breadth of experience working in a variety of interior and exterior environments, on a variety of surfaces and employing a variety of styles and techniques to suit the demands and challenges of each new project. His stylistic versatility is inspired by his interest in classical as well as modern art practices as they apply to the painting tradition. Today his artwork can be seen in public installations and private collections in over forty cities throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
During his presentation, John will be discussing the process he went through in creating the mural for Big Rapids and a portion of the piece will be on display for the audience. For more information, please visit the Festival of the Arts webpage.