Bartosz Beda and Mitja Konic - State of escape

Dates Friday 7 November - Friday 5 December 2014

Preview Thursday 6 November 2014, 6.30 - 8.30

The Studios Gallery is delighted to present “State of Escape”, an exhibition of works on paper by artists Bartosz Beda and Mitja Konic. The exhibition, using the traditional subject of landscape, explores our relationship with our environment through painting and abstraction. Opening on Thursday 6th November, 11-7pm at The Studios Gallery, New Mills, the exhibition runs till Friday 5th December.

Born in Poland in 1984, Beda relocated himself to the UK in 2008. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2011, was selected for the 2012 Catlin Art Guide for most promising emerging artists in UK, and he progressed onto the Masters programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. Beda has been short-listed for the Title Art Prize, the Door Prize, and the Saatchi New Sensations 2012, and won the esteemed Torwy Award for the Best of the North of England in 2012.  He was awarded for a six-month scholarship between Manchester Metropolitan University and Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany, in 2012/13. He has participated in many group shows across Europe and the USA and solo shows at Liebre Gallery in Spain, 2013; BAC in Colombia, 2014; The Studios in England; Minan Gallery in 2015.

Beda has worked in two movie productions, Ichthis by Marek Skrobecki (2005) and Peter and the Wolf by Suzieh Tempelton (2006), which received the Oscar Prize in 2007. He was mentioned as a ‘one to watch’ at BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.

Beda says, “My paintings explore the relation between daily life and human nature. I perceive humanity as a chocolate cake, where beneath the ‘iced’ surface lies those more intriguing and challenging mixtures, with fears and social pathology.
Through the application and process of painting, I cut a piece of that cake to explore the nature of these problems.
Simple yet powerful gestural strokes and mark-making, search and re-investigate solutions to bring these hidden depths to the surface.”

Mitja Konic was born in 1984 in Slovenia. He studied at Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana in Slovenia and in 2012 he was awarded the DAAD Scholarship for artists and from 2012 till 2014 he studied in the Masterclass of Professor Christian Sery at the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden, Germany.

Konic has exhibited extensively in Germany and Slovenia in both group and solo shows.

Konic says, “My work is an intensive philosophical, spiritual and meditative exploration of the relationship between man, nature and object. These new works explore fragments of landscapes that are sometimes populated with figures. My work also investigates the line between abstraction and figuration.
The exhibited works were created always at night just before sleeping, freeing the artists hands and mind which is evidenced in the act of creation.”

Viewing times at The Studios, 12 Union Road, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 3ES are - Thursday 11am – 7pm Friday 11am – 4pm or by appointment tel: 07753842861

More info: New Mills – 20mins direct from Manchester Piccadilly or 40mins from Sheffield.

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