Matylda Konecka is an artist from Wroclaw (Poland) born into an established and respected family of artists. She graduated from Landscape Architecture at the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. Moving to England in 2010 she set up her art studio in a 19th century Victorian vicarage, specialising in painting, illustration and graphic design.
She has been awarded prizes in several major competitions, and she has had a number of individual and group exhibitions throughout Europe. She has also designed album covers for several well established musicians and bands.
‘I see myself in two different worlds. One is fairy tales, a little creepy, but humorous. I think the dark and magical creatures are part of me; I would like them to be my companions for a long time. The other world is abstract, things which I can’t say literally, but want to express strongly. I like to build a very personal universe, a mixture of dreams and fairies with colour and melancholy.
In my work I wanted to show how I perceive Scotland; I used elements from the cities and the most beautiful landscapes of the country and created my own stories from them.
Scotland seems to me to be a place so vivid, colourful and magical that I couldn’t help but show it in my art. In many of my works there are elements referring to the history, traditions and legends of the area (e.g. “The Fish That Never Swam”, “Sleeping Island”, “Pipers”).
Edinburgh has a very rich musical heritage, famous for its festivals, opera, jazz and folk culture. I feel this musical atmosphere spreading throughout Scotland, and this might be the reason why there are also so many instruments in my work. This is how I see Scotland.’
ISLAND BLUE GALLERY
Island Blue Gallery is an art gallery and gift shop located at Baliscate, near Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. We have a beautiful, light space filled with works by many skillful Scottish artists ranging from the mysterious and tranquil sweeping landscapes of Garry Brander to the mythical and surreal fantastical worlds of Matylda Konecka. A lot of the prints we stock have a distinctly Scottish feel and truly capture the essence of Scotland's landscape and wildlife.