Let us introduce you to Justyna Kisielewicz, a rebellious Polish artist who's artwork is evocative, flirtatious and cheeky.
Banned from painting in colour during in her strict university art training, Justyna graduated and began defiantly creating colourful self portraits as a retaliation against her forced years of monochromatic painting.
"I was told that true art is born in anguish and expressed only in dark shades of black, grey or brown. Completely disagreeing with all my masters, I was almost expelled from university," said Justyna Kisielewicz.
Raised in communistic times in Poland, she was surrounded by grey imagery and homogenous culture. In her formative years, the western world bought significant changes to her city, but they were only accessible to the rich.
"My dreams were a mirage of fantasy and colour but without the means to buy any of these new things, I began drawing characters from motion pictures, especially Disney," she said.
And it is because of her incredible talent that Friends of Leon Gallery have announced they are bringing this internationally acclaimed artist to Sydney for an exclusive show in September 2015.
Justyna’s new body of work titled GROWING UP IS OVERRATED blends pop and popular culture and embodies a sense of Disney-like sentimentalism, a fondness for daily life, and an exploration of consumerism. Just like Jeff Koons, Justyna’s work draws from the revolutionary ideas of Marcel Duchamp who changed art history by showing how everyday objects could be elevated into the realm of art.
Expect the unexpected in her humorous satirical oil paintings of Disney characters, cotton clouds, donuts, surreal landscapes and balloons.
Justyna’s fan base now stretches the globe with a recent successful international solo show in San Francisco, upcoming solo exhibitions in Berlin and Salzburg and artist talks in New York.
What: Justyna Kisielewicz
Where: Freinds of Leon, 82 Marlborough Street, Surry Hills
When: 17th September - 11th October
For more information visit www.friendsofleon.com