Kristina Bieganski

About the artist

Kristina Bieganski
Kristina Bieganski
Kristina Bieganski

Paint, Photography, Sculpture, Installation, Ceramic, Textile

Totnes
Devon
United Kingdom

    Statement

    The inspiration for imy work is my own background and origins. My parents came to this country after World War 2 as DP’s (displaced people or refugees) from Poland. They made good here. Their fascinating separate stories of survival under bizarre and extreme circumstances has inspired and shaped the look of my work. There is always a new story I haven’t heard before. I have also spent a considerable part of my life in Malta which has been influential visually, particularly the very ornate and extreme catholic church imagery aswell as the simplicity of the prehistoric temples. My visits to Poland and the Soviet Union have also inspired me in terms of the austere architecture and graphics. Whenever I travel I gravitate towards buying kitch toys and religious cheap artifacts. I have a great interest in belief systems whether they be political , religious, scientific or made up. The appearance of my work is reminiscent of post bomb blast or dereliction. Found objects, scraps of life, memorabilia, burnt, fused, melted, new juxtapositions of unrelated objects, photos, graphics the worthless, the collectable, the priceless. New entities, memories and emotions are created. I combine traditional techniques with invented ones using a combination of unexpected materials such as wax, stitch work, sacking, plaster casting and burnt paper with photography and oil paint and guilt frames. There is an element of happy accidents. I stand up for art which embroils itself in everyday nonsense whether it’s my own or universal. I frame all my own work as a complete finished piece and do my own ornamental gesso relief. My works are all one off unique pieces of art. CERAMICS Since 2006 I have begun to explore the realms of ceramics & have found its experimental nature extremely engaging. The medium in itself has very much consolidated all my previous interests & fascinations & fused them into one material which satisfies my desire for unexpected results. Its quality, weight & texture has lent itself to new themes in my work such as armour, headresses & helmets aswell as collage. I have also developed a commercial range of dinner service called 'GypsyWare' (check website for details) whose design reflects my interest in collage and textiles ART HISTORY I have given extensive slide show presentations on varoious aspects of Modern art history( Red Propeller gallery & Exeter Phoenix art centre ) and have also taught the subject in adult education.

    Biography

    1963
    Born in Watford of Polish parentage. Influenced by extraordinary stories of survival during World War 2 from parents and relatives and how they came to settle in this country.
    1986
    BA (Hons) degree in Art History, Thames Valley University, London.
    1986-1990
    Creator of past partnership of Baroque Plasterware Company of London’s Portobello and Camden. Worked on various shop fittings and dispalys in london. Celebrity customers included Robert Plant, Eurythmics and Psychodelic Furs.
    1990
    Worked on an MTV publicity trailer
    1990-1996
    Extensive gallery work with British and continental collections At Woburn Fine Arts, Bucks.
    1996
    Her work appeared on Japanese TV
    1996
    Moved from London to Totnes. Has produced works of art for 18 years. Has been surrounded by art collections and artists all her life.
    Past Work Includes:
    Oil painting restoration, traditional ornamental framemaking, plastercasting and mould making.
    1996-2002
    Creator of Dog-Tag Design T-Shirt Company. Designs appeared extensively on TV worn by Asian Dub Foundation and CBBC Presenter Dominic Wood.
    2000-2006
    UV backdrops currently used by Messenger Sound System in Devon and London-based Gattacca Club.
    Has run banner & graffiti painting workshops for teenagers at Pulse Youth Project in Totnes.
    Has run plaster casting workshops for children and adults.
    Teaches Modern Art History courses for the WEA.
    Has organized group art exhibitions in her area to promote herself & other artists: the Primates Group and Independent Collective.
    Has various press cuttings and video clips of her work in different contexts.
    2007
    Art History Slide show presentations at the Red Propeller Gallery , Kingsbridge. Devon. Once a month
    2007
    september start MODERN ART HISTORY slide show presentations at the Exeter phoenix arts centre.
    2007
    art history and art lessons for foreign languge students at the totnes school of English
    2006-2007
    SUCESSFUL INTRODUCTION INTO THE WORLD OF CERAMICS - SETTING UP STUDIO
    2007
    STARTING TO EXPERIMENT WITH ANIMATION AND FILM MEDIA
    2007
    EXPERIMENTING WITH PERFORMANCE ART AND PROJECTIONS. PERFORMANCES AT THE SURREAL SALOON - EXETER PHOENIX CONTEMPORY ARTS CENTRE.
    2008
    GYPSYWARE DINNER SET is developed. twice first prize Silver cup winner
    Ornamental plaster casting
    oil painting restoration
    Gesso frame restoration and construction
    Creator of Dog-Tag Design T-Shirt Co. (www.dogtag.ukf.net)
    currently studying ceramics
    Modern art history degree - also teaches
    ART HISTORY SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATIONS AT THE RED PROPELLER GALLERY ONCE A MONTH.
    IN 2007-2008 ART HISTORY SLIDE SHOWS AT THE EXETER PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE

    Exhibition History

    JUNE 2015  BREAD AND ROSES PLYMOUTH
    MARCH 2015   BIRDWOOD HOUSE GALLERY
    MEMORY SHED INSTALLATION 
    JUNE 2013  B BAR THEATRE & ARTS. PLYMOUTH
    2012 APRIL  GABRIEL CARUANA GALLERY
    MALTA 
    2011-2012  SOUNDART RADIO 102.5 FM
    ART HISTORY AND CULTURE BROADCASTS. THE KANSKI SHOW. 
    AUG 2009   EXETER PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE
    CERAMIC HELMETS INSTALLATION 
    OCT 2008   VYNER ST. GALLERY LONDON
    MIXED MEDIA SHOW 
    RED PROPELLER GALLERY 
    JULY 2007  RED PROPELLER GALLERY
    JOINT EXHIBITION 
    exhibiting with the red propeller 
    OCTOBER 2009  BIRDWOOD HOUSE GALLERY. TOTNES
    THE PRIMATES JOINT EXHIBITION 
    2008 birdwood house  solo exhibition
    1989  CRUCIAL GALLERY POROBELLO. LONDON
    1990  Queen Mary Ship Embankment London. Joint Exhibit
    2005  Primates Group Exhibition Harbour House, Kingsbridge
    2005  Independent Collective Exhibition, Birdwood House, Totnes
    2006  Open Exhibition, Harbour House, Kingsbridge
    1991-2006  Periodical Exhibits at Woburn Fine Arts, Bucks
    1995-2006  Gabriel Caruanas Old Mill, Malta
    1997  Gattacca Warehouse Gallery /Club London
    2002-2003  Tattoo Body Art Parlour, Totnes
    2003  Willow Restaurant, Totnes
    1990  Moscow Bar and Red Star Bar, Soho, London
    2003  Birdwood House Joint Exhibition, Totnes
    2002-2003  Open House Exhibition, Totnes
    2003  Primates Group Exhibition Harbour House, Kingsbridge
    2004  Exeter Pheonix Summer Exhibition
    2004  Primates Group Exhibition Birdwood House, Totnes
    2005  Independent Collective exhbition. Birdwood House. Totnes
    2006   open studios . Totnes
    2006   Nine days of art. South Hams
    2006   Red Propeller Gallery . Kingsbridge. Devon
    2007  RED PROPELLER GALLERY, KINGSBRIDGE
    2007   SOLO MULTI MEDIA EXHIBITION BIRDWOOD HOUSE GALLERY TOTNES , DEVON
    2007  EXHIBITION ART SPACE THE BARREL HOUSE - TOTNES
    2007  RED PROPELLER GALLERY, KINGSBRIDGE
    FEB 2008  69 COLLECTIVE GALLERY. TOTNES. DEVON
    MARCH 2008  TANGERINE CAFE GALLERY. TOTNES.DEVON.
    May 2008  open studios Totnes
    July 2008   Mansion College Totnes
    April 2008  Woburn Fine arts milton Keynes
    sept 2008   red propeller Loddiswell & Bristol
    0ct 2008  red propeller London Vyner Road, Bethnal Gr. E1.
    august 2009  phoenix art centre exeter