ALICIA DUBNYCKYJ STATEMENT
Alicia is a fine artist who paints contemporary cityscapes. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK, America, France, Canada and Holland, and she is held in many private collections all over the world. Galleries in London, Paris and Edinburgh currently represent her.
She was born in 1979 in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire and studied at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UCE, graduating in 2001. The artist was shortlisted and a prize winner in the 2011 Lynn PainterStainers Prize. She was also shortlisted for the prestigious Celeste Art Prize in 2006, and received the George Jackson Travel Award 2001 and the Associated Architects Purchase Award in the same year. She has also been extensively reviewed in the British Press including the Independent’s ‘Top 5 Artists to Invest’, ‘Who to invest in Art’ in Esquire Magazine, Fused Magazine, the cover feature of City Living, and has been included in the NY Arts Magazine.
Throughout Dubnyckyj’s career, her paintings have also featured in a number of television programmes, including Channel 4′s Ideas Factory. Collectors include Nicky Wire (of the Manic Street Preachers), George Boetang (footballer), Paul Bradley (actor) and the Princess of Kuwait, who flew the artist to Kuwait to produce large scale commissioned paintings of the City for their private collection She employs a jigsaw-like technique to create flat forms in rich gloss paint on board to suggest a modern global aesthetic, while photography and various digital processes are used to gather the raw materials prior to painting. Her complex detailing of the semiotics of the city with its iconic buildings and city structures, enable the artist to develop a new formal language of expression that represents her personal relationship towards the metropolis. Alicia reveals the true essence of place and demonstrates that the facade of glossy high rise living cannot eliminate the unique quality that each city holds.
Alicia aims to transfer her appreciation of architecture into a composition that can also evoke an emotive state, linking to the city in question. Her process derives from a notion of personal space within any major city (in that one tends to feel cramped), hence producing her technique of using digital technology to produce an image which is seen as small abstracted shapes close up, with the full image only really viewed once the viewer stands back.