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Stephen Skrynka

Stephen Skrynka
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I try to initiate a dialogue through joyful and playful experimenting in my use of materials, painting and peformance. My current work is about the constant cycle of love and loss, risk and failure, repair and renewal, always exploring ways of revealing the beauty and truth of human failure and the true cost of following your dreams . Anything worth doing has to have an element of risk and a human cost attached. I like to challenge conventional notions of success and explore the ways failure can be far more revealing and life-affirming. I do this through use of material which is or becomes damaged, cracked or flawed. I also do this through performance by taking on ridiculous challenges. My work follows a methodical sequence of production but the results leave everything to chance, the whole process inviting disaster.
MA Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Architecture Manchester University
City and Guilds Cabinetmaking Bristol Polytechnic
Artist Assistant to Glass Artist Danny Lane
Apprenticed to Cabinetmaker John Makepeace
Previously co-director Glasgow Scupture Studios and
part time tutor Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art
Wall of Death Rider

Wall of Death , A Way of Life (co directed with Vicky Featherstone National Theatre of Scotland )
Bartered Ride (BBC Scotland Artworks)
My Idea of Heaven (CCA Glasgow)
A Matter of Life and Death (Rua Red Dublin)
La Festa del Maiale (Intermedia Glasgow)
Borrowed Light (Kelvingrove Glasgow)
My Father is the Wise Man of the Village (Fruitmarket, Edinburgh)
MacTotem (An Lanntair, Stornoway)
Kunstverein Cologne
Turbulence Gallery New York
Còmhla Taigh Chearsabhagh North Uist
Fragmented World (II) oil on shattered glass 80cm diam
  • Stephen Skrynka
  • Fragmented World (II) oil on shattered glass 80cm diam
Les Objets à Réaction Poetique (agate, shattered glass)
  • Stephen Skrynka
  • Les Objets à Réaction Poetique (agate, shattered glass)
Yet My Wings Were Not Made For Such a Flight (oil on glass)
  • Stephen Skrynka
  • Yet My Wings Were Not Made For Such a Flight (oil on glass)
The Narcissism of Minor Differences (cracked glass drawing)
  • Stephen Skrynka
  • The Narcissism of Minor Differences (cracked glass drawing)
Fluttering Stillness Shattered (oil on cracked glasss 80cm diam)
  • Stephen Skrynka
  • Fluttering Stillness Shattered (oil on cracked glasss 80cm diam)
This Moral Coil (oil on glass 80cm diameter)
  • Stephen Skrynka
  • This Moral Coil (oil on glass 80cm diameter)
The Singing Ringing Tree (broken iphone 6 screen , oil on canvas
  • Stephen Skrynka
  • The Singing Ringing Tree (broken iphone 6 screen , oil on canvas
TV Dinners, in every dreamhome a heartache. (oil on baking tin)
  • Stephen Skrynka
  • TV Dinners, in every dreamhome a heartache. (oil on baking tin)

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