Kamil Swiatek is a cross-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Ontario. Swiatek explores the theme of identity through the subconscious mind as an internal landscape. Painting, photography, drawing, sculpting, writing poetry and short stories and film help him understand and examine the inner workings of the subconscious. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in photography from OCAD University in 2018.
I explore the spontaneity, movement and transcendence of a state of flow, capturing the subconscious, and the moment it engulfs. This mode of being in the now involves a high degree of attention to reach. As the sensory processes are heightened and intensified, I’m absorbed into a meditative state. A tranquil stillness emerges and I’m able to delve below the surface of awareness, into an uncharted environment.
Working intuitively, I embrace a certain loss of control as the sensation of time and space dissolve; an escape of rational control into the subconscious. This metamorphosis into the depths of identity is communicated visually through mark making, textures and colours. Using a combination of thick and thin applications of paint to build up layers, tension is formed in the composition. These sets of layers conceal and explore what we see and what we don’t see; not just on the surface, but of our own landscape of identity.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting Major, Photography Minor, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
Regional Arts Program, Visual Art Major, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Mississauga, ON
Movement In The Right Direction, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON
Tactile Quality, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON
Selected Group Exhibitions
Northern Tendencies, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON
Moving Within While Looking Out, Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto, ON
Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes Benz, Mississauga, ON
Upstart, The Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON
GradEx 103, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
The Dig Draw, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
The Billion Dollar War Show, Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON
Super Naughty Show, Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON
Oakville Artists Fall Show, The Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Oakville, ON
Sunnyside Juried Art Show, Sunnyside Pavilion, Toronto, ON
Doors Open, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON
Wine and Jazz, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON
Visual Arts of Mississauga Juried Art Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes Benz, Mississauga, ON, 13 Nov 2018. Print
Breakfast Television, Live Interview with Dina Pugliese. City TV. Toronto, ON, 31 May 2013. Television
Blumenthal, Scott E. The Kiss (front cover), Loose Leaves Publishing. 2013. Print
Oakville Artists fall show and sale, “Oakville Beaver”, 25 September 2013. Web <https://www.insidehalton.com/whatson-story/4121768-oakville-artists-fall-show-and-sale/>
Kurek, Dominik, Artist Kamil Swiatek paints in front of an audience, “Oakville Beaver”, 21 August 2013. Web <https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/4040348-artist-kamil-swiatek-paints-in-front-of-an-audience/>
With Exhibit, Kamil Swiatek takes item off Bucket List, “Oakville Beaver”, 10 July 2012. Web <https://www.insidehalton.com/whatson-story/2902054-with-exhibit-kamil-swiatek-takes-item-off-bucket-list-/>
Kurek, Dominik, Doors Open in Town, “Oakville Beaver”, 22 September 2011. Web <https://www.insidehalton.com/whatson-story/2891218-doors-open-in-town/>
Working Memory. “Window”, (70-71). McLean Foundation Award, 2016. Print
Artist Grant, Ada Slaight Fund, Toronto, ON
Private Collections in Canada, United States and Europe.
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