Pav Szymanski MA Fine Art Digital with distinction (UAL), BPhil (Ed) (EXON), Cert Ed (EXON)
Painter & Lecturer
I am a fine art painter and video artist with 30 years of experience. My current research project is based on creating visual responses to my observations of people, who are suspended in the vacuum of hypnotic repetition. I have travelled the world interviewing and recording individuals, who genuinely struggle with their existence in the context of their survival. I have gathered substantial primary sources and evidence from destinations across the globe. Perhaps, the most significant research findings were from Haiti and Myanmar and resulted in the production of the most spectacular paintings. They have inspired me to develop new and innovative ways of working and experimenting with image making, which are appropriate to the subject. They combine the best of traditional achievements and the power of contemporary thinking and deep reflection.
I work full time as a programme coordinator for Art & Design at a large institution offering a broad range of Further and Higher Education qualifications. I am also an external examiner for the University of The Arts, London and Academic Qualifications Alliance.
I have been awarded the International Vision Collector’s Award and the Power of Creativity Art Prize by the Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.
Through my projects I feel that I discover my inner fears, longings and re-evaluate my uncertainties. My work seems to be an attempt to explore and question by metaphorical presentation my response to the hidden truths of the world. The essence of the value of these works is in their inherent meaning and an atmosphere, which manifests itself in the dusk of the space portrayed, thus the light may appear, where the hue of colour fulfils clarity and sounds with harmonious melody.
Lamai is an exclusive escort. She accompanies rich men and is frequently invited to extravagant and expensive dinners. Despite obvious temptation, she cannot eat to remain slim and continue to be attractive to new potential clients.
James is probably Portuguese. He has no real name nor identity. He is homeless and badly battered by hard and brutal life. He is eking existence by basking on cold streets of wintery Porto. The only pleasure and companion he has is a bottle of rough spirit, which is partially hidden behind in the doorway behind him. His voice is very delicate, somehow broken and fragile. However, his beautiful tone and squeaky, whisper-like sound of his guitar, allow passing by strangers to dream about everything they miss.
He is still in the gutter, but looking at the stars.
I have been privileged to view some of the best art at Serralves Foundation in Porto. The exhibition includes new and fascinating work by WeiWei and some disturbing sound pieces by Pedro Tudela. I left this breathtaking and touching experience on ‘soft legs’ and with a head full of new ideas and inspirations.