In the fall of 2011, a specially appointed IPM (International Plowing Match and Rural Expo) committee reviewed the portfolios of numerous artists and unanimously selected Alex Krajewski to create a commemorative painting promoting the 2012 International Plowing Match, which will take place in Roseville, Ontario.
Honoured by the IPM’s decision, Alex, who is renowned for art that celebrates the beauty of Ontario’s heritage landmarks, eagerly took on the challenge and created a painting that encompasses the whole spectrum of elements associated with this historic regional event.
Alex’s ”Plowing Match” not only includes a glimpse of the IPM with the plowman’s competition and a traditional barn raising, which will take place at the event, but also showcases Waterloo Region’s characteristic sites, such as the Grand River and the Kissing Bridge – the last covered bridge in Ontario. A Conestoga wagon, the iconic symbol of the pioneer past and a traditional horse-pulled plow, give way to the contemporary tractor, taking over the job right in the forefront of the painting, symbolizing the progress and the passage of time.
A traditional farm in the background and a modern Kitchener-Waterloo skyline far on the horizon illustrate the harmonious relationship between country and city and denote the changing landscape of our region.
The official unveiling of the original painting took place at the Ontario Plowmen’s Association’s Convention in Stratford, Ontario on March 3, 2012. On April 25, 2012 the IPM’s Chairman, David Pyper presented the official poster to the Regional Council to express their gratitude for the Council’s support of this year’s International Plowing Match.
The original painting, which has been in part donated by the artist, will be on display at one of the public buildings in Waterloo Region, yet to be determined. Limited edition reproductions, posters and greeting cards and other commemorative items are now available at the Krajewski Gallery, 63 Main Street in Cambridge as well as on the artist’s website www.alexkrajewski.com and will also be available at the IPM in September 2012 through the artist’s representative, as well as at the IPM’s Souvenir Booth. For more information please contact the artist’s studio at 519-267-7278.
Bio: Alex Krajewski
Before coming to Canada in 1987, Alex’s studied Architecture at the Warsaw Polytechnic School (1979-1983), worked as an interior designer as well as an artist, selling his paintings throughout Europe. His fascination with architecture has always been clearly expressed in his art. He finds inspiration right here at home as well as during his trips to Europe and his travels through North America.
Alex’s beautiful and detailed paintings of local landscapes and heritage buildings show his pride in our community and appreciation of its beauty. His subject matter also include European scenery, such as Paris France, Venice, England & Scotland, Poland and Germany which reflects his deep affection for the old continent.
Krajewski’s paintings of Cambridge, Ontario adorn the walls of Gary Goodyear’s office in Ottawa as well as the offices of Mayor of Cambridge, Doug Craig. His art has been offered as gifts by city officials throughout Ontario to visitors from different provinces and foreign countries and even presented to dignitaries overseas as gifts representing the unique beauty of our land.
Alex’s art has been featured in numerous publications and TV programs. It adorned the covers of various magazines, visitor guides, community calendars, and other publications. Krajewski’s originals and prints are part of countless private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Alex Krajewski lives and works in Cambridge, Ontario where his art can be viewed at the Krajewski Gallery, operated by the artist and his wife Anna.
For more information please visit www.alexkrajewski.com