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Experience of Time: Art by Liba Labik

An oil painting of a woman with her hair obscured by flowersFragrance of Time I, oil and mixed media on canvas

Alberta-based artist Liba Labik creates mixed media artworks that dwell on the experience of time. Liba is influenced by surrealist and romantic painting styles, and often combines abstraction and figurative work.

An oil painting of some flowers in a fieldBeauty and Time of Weeds I, oil and mixed media on panel with epoxy resin coating


Liba’s recent series Fragrance of Time(s) showcases the artist’s skill at both realistic portraiture, and surreal, collaged elements that hearken to plants and sea life. Using oil and mixed media on canvas, Liba blends black and white portraits of female faces overlaid with hazy strokes of blue and purple, along with floral imagery and abstract patterns. The result is a dreamlike, almost collaged aesthetic that adds an air of mystery and depth to what could be fairly straightforward portrait pieces.

A screen capture of Liba Labik's art

I especially appreciate the attention to detail in these works. The use of small white highlights and patterned areas creates a refreshing sense of variation in the images. Some of the textural elements -- that in Liba’s works form delicate fabrics -- remind me of ceramic pieces by Ikuko Iwamoto – the small, visually raised white dots reference biological forms.

A painting of a woman in a lace shawlFragrance of Time II, oil and mixed media on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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