Lydia is an artist, respected art historian and lecturer born in Warsaw, Poland but now working and living in London, UK. As a landscape painter, Lydia explains her interest lies not in narrative, but in form defined by light. She says:
"I have been looking for motifs as contrasting as the cultivated landscapes of the Mediterranean, the deserts of north Africa, Australia, and most recently the deserts of New Mexico following in the footsteps of Georgia O'Keeffe".
Lydia uses a complex mixed media technique combining plaster, resin, wax, sand, acrylic texture gels and pigments. Lydia says "I developed the technique in my search for visual equivalents of the particular character of each landscape – the subtleties of the various media combine to evoke the genius loci of each place. But ultimately, it is not even the spirit of the place that is the true subject of my works: it is the dialogue between the figurative elements and the abstraction of much that surrounds them – the competing claims of the ‘realistic’ motif, tree, house, and the flat surface of the painting – as well as the tension between spontaneous and accidental effects and the order which ultimately contains them."
Lydia has a BA in Fine Art from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and an MA History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art (Distinction).
Lydia has exhibited widely in solo and group shows within the UK, USA, and Poland.
Her most recent exhibition in March 2019 at the Mall Galleries in London, "Looking for Georgia" attracted international attention.
Her work is in a a number of collections including Saatchi and Saatchi, Gordon Ramsey, United Airlines, Warner Bros, Trevor Nunn, Ian Holm, Penelope Wilton, State Street Bank, Amec International, Linklaters and Alliance, Theodore Goddard, Deutsche Bank, Burlington Resources, Freshfields, Apax International, Dorchester Hotel.
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