ANNA YUSCHUK: Intangible Light

April 6 to May 5, 2024

Anna Yuschuk is a Stratford-based Ukrainian artist working in painting, drawing and fine print media. Exploring human consciousness through complex paintings that bridge the gap between representation and abstraction, Yuschuk compels the viewer to focus on the act of seeing itself. Her work emphasizes mindfulness and direct experience rather than describing an exterior world. As visual art critic Gary Michael Dault has observed, the artist uses “light as stuff of deepening and proliferating discourse”.

Yuschuk was born and studied art in Lviv, Ukraine, graduating with an MFA from Lviv State Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. In 1990, just before the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Yuschuk immigrated to Canada, moving to Toronto, where she has exhibited her artwork in over forty exhibitions in commercial and public galleries.Through an extensive body of work and numerous solo and group exhibitions, Yuschuk’s work has evolved through many creative stages, culminating in a true and successful sublimation of ideas. She has received artist’s grants from the Ontario Arts Council and Mississauga Art Council, been a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and several artist-run and commercial galleries. Her paintings can be found in private and public collections in Canada, USA, Australia and UK.

Of her new artworks in the exhibition ANNA YUSCHUK: Intangible Light, the Artist says:
Light is the first expression of life and energy in this expanse of space and time. Birthed from the universe out of a concentrated gathering, it is the infinitely changing field of shifting, shimmering energy, enfolding and unfolding  at its most fundamental level. My intention is to create immersive visual symphonies that evoke direct and unconditioned responses to this movement and make them viscerally available to the viewer. Each dash and dot in my work represents a moving unit of light  that is mutually connected in the dynamic visual pattern. These patterns gain a three-dimensional depth from layers that overlap and interfere with one another. Manual mark-making transfers subtle body movements – breathing, pausing and listening – into the overall movement of the piece. 
ANNA YUSCHUK: Intangible Light will be on display from April 6 to May 5, 2024. AGORA GALLERY will be open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm during this time. For more information go to and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @agoragallerystratford.
The Elements, abstract painting, metallic acrylic and acrylic paint on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

ANNA YUSCHUK, “The Elements” 2023, metallic acrylic & acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches