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My active interest in Fine Art commenced in 2006 and is deeply rooted in my personal-multicultural and professional-academic background.

In our digital, global culture the old order has been disintegrating faster than ever and the new one has not yet fully emerged. I paint in oil what I observe is happening all around me. Up to now, the images that captured my imagination have been set in a space where different realities transform into one another. Of paramount importance have been borderlines between the abstract and the real, the old and the new, the personal and the public, the ugly and the beautiful, the moral and the amoral or the immoral.

On canvas the multivalent images, where multiple dimensions of reality meet, emerge slowly and at times erratically. With each modification paintings acquire a new identity and the multiple dimensions of reality therein are not always instantly recoverable. None of my completed works is ever “finished”: I am constantly fascinated in how the continuity of the working process highlights or reminds me of those all pervading qualities and insights found in vision and life itself.

I strongly believe in the Renaissance principle of the Engaged Spectator. To that effect I have adopted a questioning perspective. Those that look at my art often find themselves participating in the scenes that confront them and feel called upon to search for answers in their own hearts. Some have detected in my works subtle traces of Polish Romanticisms.

I often incorporate a selective, relevant, symbolic voice of the old masters who have inspired me. This in modern contexts creates an aura of eternal truths about what it means to be human.

Unlike all my renowned predecessors, I often “dress up” contemporary situations in the “garments” of the past. To me the language of Art has a continuity that is timeless.

Visual art has a more immediate impact on the spectator than sequentially processed texts, and is licensed to address situations in their extreme. During the last five years I created, by invitation, a collection of paintings in support of the Oxford University projects to further reinforce the need for an in-depth understanding of the ethical issues and dilemmas that permeate technological innovation and everyday use of social media.

My present passion is Universal Love. I am currently working on images, including portraiture, that convey the genuine sense of tender, caring, love all human beings possess. This collection of paintings is intended to

  • act as a counterweight to the images of humanity, portrayed daily in our media, of a world mostly made up of carnage and destruction
  • invite each spectator to reflect on our common humanity
  • evoke in the spectator a desire to strive, as an individual, to uphold humanity’s dignity by extending their love, hope and compassion to all human beings on Earth with no exception.

Exhibitions

Collaborative:

“The Act of Seeing: Realities in the Making”, a Collaborative Art Event by the Oxford Triptych at the Academic Centre for Artistic Initiatives, AOIA, Poland; live show 27th – 29th September; retrospective 30.09.2016

Solo:

Multi Verse, Digital Wilfire: respond now at the Digital Catapult! Showcase workshop, Digital Catapult, London, January 12th 2016.
Multiverse, FRRIICT Final Showcase Event, Science Museum, London, 19 June 2014.
Moral Playground, Said Business School, Oxford, April 2012.
Borderlines, Jam Factory, Oxford, July 2007.

Group shows:

Wadham room, The Kings Arms pub, Oxford, 21st April 2016
ICT2013, European Commission Conference, Vilnius, 2013
Oxford Art Society Member Exhibition: 2012
Oxford Art Society Open Exhibitions: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
‘A Gesture to Red Store’, Lerryn, Cornwall, 2008
Museum of Modern Art Oxford open exhibition, 2008
‘Shadows and Silhouettes’, Oxford Arts Festival, 2007
‘Art Trail’, Ulverston, Cumbria, September 2007
‘Shadow World’, Interactive Painting Installation, Oxford-Brookes, 2007

Résumé

Residency

2014 – Present External Artist in Residence, Digital Wildfire projects, Oxford University
2011 – 2014 Artist in Residence, FRRIICT, Oxford University

Membership

2017 – Present Full Member of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce (RSA) (by invitation)
2009 – Present Member of the Oxford Art Society (by invitation)

Education

2007  Diploma in Art and Design from the Oxford-Brookes University

Art Related Publication

Gorayska, Barbara (2009). “Pragmatic Acts in Fine Art: A Question”, in B. Fraser and K. Turner, (eds.) Language in Life and Life in Language: Jacob Mey – A Festschrift. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing, 111-120.