Lena BrazIn

 

Artist Statement

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I use figurative and narrative painting to explore the existential, ordinary, metaphysical and spiritual themes of human life. An instinctive approach to painting, vivid colours and bold drawing go to merge figures and spaces into one entity.

Exaggerated personal, mystical and symbolic imagery evokes questioning and opens up an imaginative space for the viewer to occupy. Multiple layers of paint, a variety of painting languages and different paces of application reflect the  complexity of the reality that we live in and celebrate the fusion of different styles while being expressive and compact at the same time.

My work relies on the very intuitive method of collaging photography from real life (most often portraits of people and environments that I encounter on my path) and spontaneous drawing where two seemingly disconnected worlds of seen and unseen (etheric) collide and merge together. Supernatural is being shown through the invented cartoon-like characters and imprinted into the material by the act of painting itself. They portray thoughts, invisible guidance, observations, fantastical beings, whatever you want them to be. They are there to inspire people who look at my work to think beyond their material existence. Paintings on small wooden panels focus on the allegorical representation of some important life realisations and custom wooden stretchers of larger paintings that I make with my limited knowledge of building support, are there to be seen fully naked and to point out the intangible and fragile nature of the physical while anchoring the ethereal world that takes place on the linen.

Kalighat painting, Mandala Art, Icon Painting, Expressionism, and Fauvism are all a great source of inspiration for me. I am trying to access and express deeper levels of consciousness and subconsciousness through the implementation of some of their main characteristics, especially multiplying, symmetry, harmonized aesthetics, focus on figure and  portraiture, flatness, bright use of colors and depiction of the Mystical.

BIO

Lena Brazin (born 1985, Kosice, Slovakia) currently lives and works in London, UK. Brazin studied at Turps Art School 2017-2019, London and exhibited at various exhibitions, including: "Turps Painters 2019" at Turps Gallery 2019, London; "Artist of the Day" at Flowers Gallery 2018, London; "Bow Open Show" at Nunnery Gallery 2018, London; "Crystallized" at Santozeum 2016, Santorini. She has been selected to take part in the upcoming "FBA Futures 2020" in Mall Galleries 2020, London and the "Exceptional" graduate art award in Collyer Bristow Gallery 2019, London. Her work is represented in private collections across Europe.


WORKS

Ice Cream Man

300x182cm

acrylic and oil on linen

2019

Whiskey Roulette

188x262cm

acrylic and oil on linen

2019

Bright Future There Is

150x150cm

oil on linen

2019

Be like Water 1

15x15cm

oil on limewood

2019

If you don´t try you are never going to find out

15x15cm

oil on limewood

2019

Big Sister is Watching you  200x200cm  oil on linen  2018

Big Sister is Watching you

200x200cm

oil on linen

2018

Trinity

170x200cm

oil on linen

2017

In Spiritus Veritas

151x149cm

acrylic and oil on linen

2019

Dear Child I Remember Elephants

180x133cm

oil on linen

2019

Loop in my Head

100x100cm

oil on linen

2019

Be like Water 2

15x15cm

oil on limewood

2019

These two paintings go together

15x15cm

oil on limewood

2019

Turn of the Light

226x167cm

oil on linen

2017

Votre Dame

246x168cm

acrylic and oil on linen

2019

Copy Cats

150x150cm

oil on linen

2019

8 Sisters

100x100cm

oil on linen

2019

Be like Water 3

15x15cm

oil on limewood

2019

It´s All Me

100x100cm

oil on linen

2018

Time Traveller

202x125cm

oil on linen

2017