Born in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada, Darlene Kalynka was raised on a farm and is of Ukrainian descent — that background informing the thematic content of her artworks. She is a print-based artist, primarily pursuing the mediums of etching and screen-printing. In the last few years Darlene has worked on large copper plate etchings of farm implements, scythes, to explore agrarian culture and family relationships. In her most recent body of artworks, she explores narratives of family history and memory, of the women in her family who harvested the fruits of their own labour.
Darlene received her BFA from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and her MFA from Concordia University in Montreal. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia where she is an Associate Professor teaching printmaking at Thompson Rivers University — including a course on artists’ books: Make, Print and Bind.
Darlene’s recent solo exhibitions were held in 2019, at Remarque / New Grounds in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include: Sense of Place II, Imprint 10, Salamanca Spain (travelling exhibition); and Ambos Lados Print Exchange (invitational travelling exhibition), Argos Studio/Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.; inclusion in Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II and III (travelling exhibition: Spain, USA, and Asia). Darlene has also exhibited in the Trilateral Print Exchange: Re-Identification in Utrecht, Netherlands, Yokohama, Japan and Vancouver, Canada.