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.
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.