A figurative painter specializing in acrylic, Katarzyna Ilyszyn predominantly draws with paint. Entangled in an intricate use of frenetic line and complex colour formations her figures seem to undulate between the background and the foreground, emerging into the composition only to be swallowed again. With her distinctive style and profound philosophical approach to art making, Ilyszyn is one of London Art's rising talents.
Ilyszyn was born in 1978 in the Silesia Region of Poland and now lives in Cracow, Poland. After completing her education at The State High School of Arts in Dabrowa Gornicza in 1998, she graduated from the University of Silesia, Fine Art Painting, in 2004. Since 1999 she has participated in regional and European exhibitions. Her first exhibition took place in Bielsko Biala at Biennale of modern paintings and was a great success. Since 2006 she has lived and worked in Cracow, Poland. 'My first experience with art started at a very young age. So I have been creating art for passion since I was a child, but for profession since 1999.' Ilyszyn continues, 'My artistic output concerns mainly human existence, its secret, and life and death in general. I try to show its complexity as well as secrets of human psyche 'My aim is to show human complexity and to continue debates about the meaning of life. Moreover, I am not going to reject 'light' themes such as: landscape, architecture or portrait.' Ilyszyn is undeniably an intellectual, reflective and profound character. The perceptive observer will cipher from the symbolic content of her work that Ilyszyn is familiar with Psychoanalysis, the family of psychological theories and methods based on the work of Sigmund Freud. With titles such as Claustrophobia (2004), Ochlophobia (2003), Schizophrenia (2002), to name but a few, the influence is made plain. For those foreign to Freud's work, one amongst many innovative and influential observations was that he identifies an internal kinship between the artist and the neurotic. The creations of the artist, in Freud's view, are primarily an expression of the creator's unresolved neurotic conflicts. Upholding Freud's view, Ilyszyn proclaims, 'In order to create a work of art, one needs torture, effort, passion, complaining, sorrow, sadness, anxiety, threat, love and happiness. My work is the sublimation of my anxieties, but at the same time of my dreams and current experiences...My life experiences are reflected in my works. Sometimes when I look at the completed work, I cannot believe it all has come out of me.'
Ilyszyn claims to have not yet been touched by the much-feared artists' block and optimistically senses she is still 'looking forward to something'. What that something is, neither we at London Art nor Ilyszyn herself can predict. What is for certain is that Ilyszyn looks set for a successful future and London Art buyers can look forward to future exhibitions of her work.
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