KAL BARTESKI is a Canadian artist. Passionate about polar bears, positive words, sea ice and environmental health; she is an advocate for the wild. She is an promoter of community and collaboration. She paints polar bears like her life depends on it. She uses brush lettering and ink drips to celebrate imperfection. She created the POLAR BEAR FUND to support innovative polar bear conservation. She coordinated the international mural festival: SeaWalls CHURCHILL.
Kal is a philanthropist, artist, activist, TEDx speaker, tactical urbanist, published author + winner of a Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She loves winter. She likes her coffee black and her projects meaningful.
Kal's iconic and eyecatching font has quickly become a recognizable Winnipeg statement, gracing windows and walls of local businesses such as The Forks. Her bold inked brushstrokes and drips have become recognizable in campaigns, projects and collaborations around the world (afftectionately referred to as #kbscript). Notably positive, she believes words have the power to transform. She has worked together with Lululemon, Starbucks, Vita Coco, Virgin Radio, B2B, Fatman Scoop, Ivivva, Estrella Damm, Lonely Whale, Canadian Living magazine, the United Way, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and many other charities and businesses on local and international levels.