Artist SOWA goes solo

I first met Artist Justyna Sowa, earlier this year at Decorex International, held at the Royal Chelsea Hospital. She attended the event for a completely different purpose, little did I know of her hidden talent!Her unique technique and style has enabled the up-and-coming Artist to secure her first solo exhibition, “Religious Milk”  next month, in trendy East London.

Art is not what Sowa does for her day job, but is a natural talent she picked up at a young age. Her intimate and almost sketch-like illustrations, oozes emotion and certainly gets you thinking – right up Couch’s street! Inspired by her creative mother, Sowa found her talent at a young age.

All things creative came naturally to me and have always been part of my everyday activities. And I guess up until the age of 16 I was drawing quite unconsciously, transferring my observations straight onto paper, without realising what inspires me.

Sowa has always been aware of her surroundings and consciously observes the world around her, translating what she sees and feels through her illustrations.  The recent drawings, which will be presented in her solo exhibition on the 24th November at the 3 Blind Mice Bar, near Old Street station, respond directly to the foundations and myths of religion – playing with the ideas around biblical characters, stories and their meanings.

Coming from a very traditional background, where religion was a cornerstone of the older generations’ upbringing, I found it fascinating to notice how the approach to religion is changing and how much weaker the ties are of young adults and religious morals.

The London based Artist works in pen and ink, using a multitude of different brushes, pens and pencils to create works which are vibrant in terms of textures, shades and detailing. Acrylic painting is the technique with which she experimenting at the moment.

It is the imagnation behind the illustrations, the ideas and visions that haven’t been seen before, the combination of religious, historical and cultural elements with bits and pieces of our contemporary everyday. Juxtaposing established ideas with a modern view. And the great artistic skill which enables Justyna to present all these ideas on paper just as she have thought them up.

It is the imagnation behind the illustrations. The ideas and visions that haven’t been seen before, the combination of religious, historical and cultural elements with bits and pieces of our contemporary everyday. Juxtaposing established ideas with a modern view. And the great artistic skill which enables me to present all these ideas on paper just as I have thought them up.

Sowa is aiming high, wanting establish herself as a successful Artist and provide people with positive visuals to enjoy. She hopes to spend most of her days creating illustrations, which then are used in books, magazines and creative campaigns as well as keep creating art which is a beauty of its own – illustrations with which people are happy to be surrounded.

If you like what you see and want to go along to the 3 Blind Mice bar in East London for her exhibition, doors open at 6.30pm till late! Couch will of course be there having a peruse, so please come say hello!

Images: Justyna Sowa

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