Now showing, ‘Coming Along Nicely’ with Paola Ciarska . Her first solo show since graduating from Newcastle University 2016. Ciarskas work addresses the over-sharing of private information we witness on a daily basis turning us into self proclaimed voyeurs, and how those voyeuristic qualities have become attached to our daily life rituals. It is an exaggerated, humorous commentary on people being people. People with smart phones and even smarter Facebook responses.
The paintings have a physical presence that far exceeds their small scale. Each work is packed with painterly detail. Rooms are filled with the trinkets of modern life, decorated with reproductions of modern masters and adorned with fairy-lights, all set against a psychedelic (and mildly suggestive) patterned background. Ciarska enjoys the labour of a marathon painting session, getting lost in the haze of its intricate, obsessive application.
Since graduating from Newcastle University in Summer 2016, Paola Ciarska has exhibited at the Kingsgate Gallery in London, and at the Exchange Rates Exposition in New York, as well as being involved in several projects in and around the North East, including at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. In June 2016 she was awarded the Hatton Purchase Prize, with one of her paintings becoming part of Hatton Gallery Collection.