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Sylvia Batycka

Joined Artfinder: July 2014

Artworks for sale: 62

(5)

United Kingdom

About Sylvia Batycka

 
Professional Plan
 
  • Biography

    My practice is devout to portraits of women, the passers-by from the moment in time. I acknowledge their strength and their glamour. I inquire into the aesthetics of absence, hauntology, and nostalgia.       

    I look at the dress as the memory of the absent. Dresses, that I consider to be ultimately female garments, form their own visual language -- the feminine sartorial language that speaks of identity, empowerment, and allure. In the absence of the wearer, the dress speaks of non appearance. In the absence of the wearer, the dress forms the only portrait that remains.

    My work has an intermediary power between entities: past and present, photography and painting. The protagonists I portray I uncover in archival photos that I collect. They entice me from the past with their glamour, strength, mystery, untold stories, yet often all I am left with is an orphan image reflecting a second of their life, a stage moment.  Photography informs my painting, both the archival photos and the contemporary ones I take myself. My paintings, however, unlike the photographs that inspired them, are not the items of evidence. They are reminders of something else - faded lives, fleeting memories;  they draw on the state of loss as an emotion. 

    I also see the role of an artist as an archivist, as the bearer of the past that holds the key to the future. They look after the images of the past, more than that - they responsible for bringing forward time honoured processes, such an oil painting, etching, ceramics.



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  • Education

    2016 - 2019

    University of the Arts London WCA

    2014 - 2016

    City Lit, London

    2011 - 2012

    University of the Arts London LCC

    2008 - 2012

    Westminster University, London

  • Awards

    2019

    Pinea Linea de Costa

    AiR

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    2019

    Pinea Linea de Costa

    AiR

    2017

    Saatchi Art

    Artist Recognition

    2016

    Saatchi Art

    Artist Recognition

    2014

    EWAAC

    shortlisted

    2013

    British Women Artists

    shortlisted

    2010

    The Brix

    1st prize
  • Upcoming Events

    There are no upcoming events

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    Previous events

    Event: MiAL Collection 2019 Inauguration

    Dates: Sept. 11, 2019 - Nov. 29, 2019

    Venue: TM Lighting Gallery, London

    The show introducing works chosen for Made in Arts London 2019 Collection.

    Event: MFA Degree Show

    Dates: June 13, 2019 - June 23, 2019

    Venue: Annual show at Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL), London

    Painting works selected to represent practice development during MFA.

    Event: Who will provide?

    Dates: Nov. 1, 2018 - Nov. 11, 2018

    Venue: The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London

    Collective exhibition of MFA students.

    Event: 17m2

    Dates: May 2, 2017 - May 2, 2017

    Venue: SUART Gallery, London

    Eclectic group show in central London

    Event: Life in a shoebox

    Dates: March 30, 2017 - March 6, 2017

    Venue: Backroom Gallery, London, Peckham

    MFA students show expressing London experience of living in tiny spaces.

    Event: SHE

    Dates: July 30, 2016 - July 31, 2016

    Venue: UGLY DUCK, 47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL

    Showcase the work of local and international artists exploring the theme of femininity, feminine identity and issues faced by women worldwide.

    Event: "O1" Exhibition

    Dates: March 18, 2016 - March 23, 2016

    Venue: Copeland Gallery, Peckham, London

    I have presented installation "#Nomad" within the group graduation show from FAD UAL City Lit.

    Event: "Hybrid Women"

    Dates: March 5, 2015 - March 11, 2015

    Venue: Subtitles Café, Dalston, London

    Solo show. Magazine collages on identity, suspense and glamour. Deconstruction and reconstitution of the figure. A week long event placed around International Women Day.

    Event: Artists Open House

    Dates: May 16, 2014 - June 1, 2014

    Venue: The Portico Gallery, London

    Exhibition hosted by the gallery during open studios time for selected artists who required exhibition space.

    Event: Lambeth Annual Art Competition

    Dates: June 22, 2010 - June 26, 2010

    Venue: The Brix, Brixton, London

    The exhibition concluding the annual art competition in Lambeth. 1st prize winner.

Professional Plan

Links


Education

2016 - 2019

University of the Arts London WCA

2014 - 2016

City Lit, London

2011 - 2012

University of the Arts London LCC

2008 - 2012

Westminster University, London


Awards

2019

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

shortlisted

Show more awardsHide

2019

Pinea Linea de Costa

AiR

2017

Saatchi Art

Artist Recognition

2016

Saatchi Art

Artist Recognition

2014

EWAAC

shortlisted

2013

British Women Artists

shortlisted

2010

The Brix

1st prize

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: MiAL Collection 2019 Inauguration

Dates: Sept. 11, 2019 - Nov. 29, 2019

Venue: TM Lighting Gallery, London

The show introducing works chosen for Made in Arts London 2019 Collection.

Event: MFA Degree Show

Dates: June 13, 2019 - June 23, 2019

Venue: Annual show at Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL), London

Painting works selected to represent practice development during MFA.

Event: Who will provide?

Dates: Nov. 1, 2018 - Nov. 11, 2018

Venue: The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London

Collective exhibition of MFA students.

Event: 17m2

Dates: May 2, 2017 - May 2, 2017

Venue: SUART Gallery, London

Eclectic group show in central London

Event: Life in a shoebox

Dates: March 30, 2017 - March 6, 2017

Venue: Backroom Gallery, London, Peckham

MFA students show expressing London experience of living in tiny spaces.

Event: SHE

Dates: July 30, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Venue: UGLY DUCK, 47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL

Showcase the work of local and international artists exploring the theme of femininity, feminine identity and issues faced by women worldwide.

Event: "O1" Exhibition

Dates: March 18, 2016 - March 23, 2016

Venue: Copeland Gallery, Peckham, London

I have presented installation "#Nomad" within the group graduation show from FAD UAL City Lit.

Event: "Hybrid Women"

Dates: March 5, 2015 - March 11, 2015

Venue: Subtitles Café, Dalston, London

Solo show. Magazine collages on identity, suspense and glamour. Deconstruction and reconstitution of the figure. A week long event placed around International Women Day.

Event: Artists Open House

Dates: May 16, 2014 - June 1, 2014

Venue: The Portico Gallery, London

Exhibition hosted by the gallery during open studios time for selected artists who required exhibition space.

Event: Lambeth Annual Art Competition

Dates: June 22, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Venue: The Brix, Brixton, London

The exhibition concluding the annual art competition in Lambeth. 1st prize winner.


 

Biography

My practice is devout to portraits of women, the passers-by from the moment in time. I acknowledge their strength and their glamour. I inquire into the aesthetics of absence, hauntology, and nostalgia.       

I look at the dress as the memory of the absent. Dresses, that I consider to be ultimately female garments, form their own visual language -- the feminine sartorial language that speaks of identity, empowerment, and allure. In the absence of the wearer, the dress speaks of non appearance. In the absence of the wearer, the dress forms the only portrait that remains.

My work has an intermediary power between entities: past and present, photography and painting. The protagonists I portray I uncover in archival photos that I collect. They entice me from the past with their glamour, strength, mystery, untold stories, yet often all I am left with is an orphan image reflecting a second of their life, a stage moment.  Photography informs my painting, both the archival photos and the contemporary ones I take myself. My paintings, however, unlike the photographs that inspired them, are not the items of evidence. They are reminders of something else - faded lives, fleeting memories;  they draw on the state of loss as an emotion. 

I also see the role of an artist as an archivist, as the bearer of the past that holds the key to the future. They look after the images of the past, more than that - they responsible for bringing forward time honoured processes, such an oil painting, etching, ceramics.



 
 
 
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