Artists of the Gallery Art: Julia Medyńska
Born in 1981 in Gdańsk. She has lived and worked in Berlin, New York, and London. She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and the Neighborhood Playhouse and studied visual arts at Columbia University starting in 2009. She has performed at the OFF-Broadway Manhattan Ensemble Theatre.
For Julia Medyńska, painting is a kind of performance. She transfers the experience she has acquired while acting in theatre and on film sets into paintings. She builds the mood of her scenes with dramatic gesture, light, and colour. She mixes horror with black humour and melds beauty and darkness into one.
Her painterly compositions are as if taken out of Baroque altar settings, featuring lush still lifes, bizarre objects straight out of a cabinet of curiosities, evidently inspired by the art of the old masters –Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Artemis Gentileschi – yet they retain an individual and contemporary character.