New Art - Conceptual Realism - Ewelina Koszykowska
Ewelina Ferruso Beginnings
Ewelina Koszykowska was born in Wrocland, Poland in 1981. Her family (she, her mother and brother) immigrated to the United States when she was two and a half years old to be reunited with her father. Their new home was in Mahwah, New Jersey.
Ewelina states that her father was a keen landscaper and she spent considerable time in the garden picking weeds (a duty assigned to her) and enjoying the fruits of her labors. One day, while enjoying the garden, the young Ewelina encountered a praying mantis. The insect, at this young age, impressed and frightened her. For that reason she uses it (to this day) as a metaphor for challenge, criticism, and foe.
She states that she has been inspired to paint since birth. She trained at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. At twenty-three she was hit by a taxi-cab while crossing the street. This experience not only left her in a lot of pain, but caused her to contemplate her life to that point. She began painting with more urgency and the textures and patterns in her backgrounds took on a detailed richness.
In order to alleviate the pain from the injuries Ms. Koszykowska took up yoga and went to a vegetarian diet in order to detoxify after weaning herself off of pain-killing medication. She remains vegetarian to this day.
Inspiration and Technique
Ms. Koszykowska claims as inspiration spiritual growth, meditation, dreams and all the opposites of those things.
She paints mainly in oil on canvas, but will also paint on prepared board. She uses Williamsburg oil and impasto medium, including what she calls "some concoction spread on top which includes cold wax medium, linseed oil, and the substance Galykd."
"I sparingly use other oddities such as neo megilp and liquin." - Ewelina
Ewelina Koszykowska had a show (with Genevive Zacconi ) at the Last Rites Gallery in New York. The opening reception was on Saturday, November 27th, 2010.
Ms. Koszykowska showed at Gallery 1998 in San Francisco on November 6th 2010. The name of the show was "Meanwhile in Purgatory." The show included a number of 5 x 7 oil paintings. A preview of this show can be seen at www.nineteeneightyeight.com and here www.ferrusos.com.
Ms. Ferruso and Ms. Zacconi will also be putting on a show in July 16, 2011 at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, California. A time has not yet been announced, but check back.