Ann Harbuz

About the Artist

Ann Harbuz was an early Saskatchewan settler and immigrant of Ukrainian descent. She loved to paint and she produced a large number of works relating to what she knew and observed in her local environment. She was a self-taught artist and considered to be part of the  folk artThe production of art by untrained amateurs for their own enjoyment. Style in folk art is influenced by a combination of the artist’s culture and art history.  tradition.

Harbuz lived and worked in the country outside of the city of North Battleford, Saskatchewan for most of her life. She was a hard-working woman who did not begin her  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  career until she was in her sixties. When she started painting, she was still busy with home and community life and she would often have to integrate her art-making into the daily activities in her home. In those times and in her particular community, being a woman artist was not deemed to be an important occupation. Undaunted, she went on to produce a large body of works which are greatly valued today for their historical references and grassroots qualities.


Ann Harbuz and Folk Art
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