Anka Dabrowska

Visual Artist

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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  • Anka Dabrowska
  • concept, illustration, design, landscape, garden inspiration

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About me

 

I am interested in how the public intersect with the urban landscape. My installations, sculptures, photographs and drawings are embedded in urban contexts, intertwined with memory and geographically constructed identities. My drawings explore the territories both real and imagined. Using a complex interplay of aesthetic and thematic contradictions, I create drawings, sculptures, photographs and installations that are at once delicate and personal yet detached, fragmented and uncanny. By mapping the city, I collect the hidden traces of public and private histories through which we make the city our own. The drawings playfully reinterpret bleak urban and rural landscapes in the intricate style that I have become known for. My drawings of the tenement blocks, shop fronts, and more recently flowers and insects, are set drift against the disquieting blankness of an empty page. In some works I use the irreverent pattern of street graffiti and that of the domestic interiors (wallpaper pattern) to contrast with the fragile precision of my drawn lines, suggesting fragmented stories from the city. My sculptures and photographs are extensions of my drawings. They mutate and transform in a colourful display of architectural alchemy. Built from the disregarded wreckage of everyday life, I combine cardboard, wood, garish plastics and concrete alongside documentary snapshots and bright sprayed graffiti. Although my work is intensely private and semi-autobiographical, it moves beyond personal circumstances to address the common drift through our shared environment. Forthcoming exhibitions: 1.. Moniker Art Fair, London, England, UK. October 2016. Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2015 DRAWINGS, Jealous gallery London. 2013 ‘Welcome to Paradise III’ Fundacja Sztuczna, Warsaw, Poland. 2011 ‘Welcome to Paradise II’, Crima’rt Gallery, Milan, Italy. 2010 ‘Welcome to Paradise I’, PayneShurvell Gallery, London, England, UK. 2008 'Four by Four', Sartorial Contemporary Art, London, England, UK. Selected Group Exhibitions: 2016- Drawing Lines, JEALOUS East gallery, London, England, UK. 'Walking on Sunshine', Studio 73, London, England, UK. 2015- - CHEMCRAFT: For Love of Chemistry, London, England, UK. CITYSCAPES, JEALOUS East gallery, London, England, UK. 2013-Clifford Chance Annual Gay Pride Art Exhibition, London, England, UK. ‘Works on Paper’, PayneShurvell Collective Gallery, London, England, UK. ‘Open Plan’, Departure Foundation, London, England, UK. 2010 ‘A Bright and Guilty Place’. PayneShurvell Gallery, London, England, UK. 2009 ‘Summer Camp’, Exile, Berlin, Germany. 2007 'Comfort Zones', Oriel Davies Gallery Touring Exhibition, Newtown, Powys, Wales, UK. 2006 'A Place Called Home', Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland, England, UK. 'Continental Breakfast', Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia. Art Fairs: 2014- London Art Fair, London, England, UK. 2013 Multiplied, Christie’s, London, England, UK. 2011 Rome International Art Fair. Crima’rt Gallery, Rome, Italy. 2010 Supermarket 2010, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden. 2008 'Arte Santander' - International Fair of Contemporary Art, Santander, Spain. Commissions: 2013 Croydon School of Art, wall design for catwalk/fashion show as part of the Croydon School of Art relaunch. 2010 Barts and the London Trust (the new Barts Cancer Centre), London, England, UK. Residencies: 2011-2012 Vital Arts - Barts and the London Royal Hospital, London, England, UK. Awards/Funding: 2011 British Council Travel Grant, London, England, UK. 2010 Polish

Skills

 

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  • Events
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Art Direction
  • Drawing
  • Public Art
  • Design
  • Model Making
  • Environment
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Illustrator
  • Word
  • Sculpting
  • Art and Crafts

Work history

Currently

Visual Artist

ANKA Dabrowska Visual Artist

Sep 2003
  • Full Time
  • London-based contemporary artist (drawing, sculpture, installation, graffiti, tattoo design, private and public commissions, curating )

2012

Artist in Residency

Vital Arts

Sep 2011 - Mar 2012
  • Freelance
  • Artist in residence. working on drawing and sculpture commission for the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, LONDON.

2007

Gallery Attendant

TATE

Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
  • Full Time
  • Looking after safety of the public and the artworks. Providing information about exhibitions and the building.

2005

Gallery Assistant

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts

May 2004 - Jan 2005
  • Full Time
  • Gallery assistant, assisting with art projects, looking after the public, looking after the artwork, art tours.

Education

2003

MA Fine Art

University of Northumbria

Aug 2001 - May 2003

    Awards

    2011

    British Council travel grant

    • British Council Travel Grant London, England, UK. Consulate-General of Poland in Milan,

    2010

    Polish Cultural Institute in London Project grant

    2006

    Juliet Gomperts Trust Project Award, London, England

    • Funding towards art exhibition in London. http://opencharities.org/charities/1002402

    2004

    Arts Council of England, Grants for Individuals, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

    Arts Council

    • Full arts funding to cover the costs of my first solo exhibition in London. http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts/