Kinga Sokol was born in Poland and moved to Germany at young age. She has now settled in the South West of England. Kinga's artistic ability was evident from a young age and she has developed her artistic skills over the years. Today, her artistic output is focused on figurative and portrait art, with a large part of work dedicated to the depiction of the female form.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
It's started as soon as i could hold a crayon in my hand, which was around 4 years old. I was drawing on anything and everything....including walls in my family home. Throughout my teenage years I started creating in dry pastels and dreaming about learning to paint in oil. I've had clear vision about what I want to do for the rest of my life.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I have always been into realism and painting people. Portraiture and figurative art....that's me.
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
It just happened. Painting realism is an ongoing learning process, exploration of techniques, colours, textures and striving for perfection at the same time. It's challenging and I love challenges.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
People inspire me....each person has a story to tell.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
It was my twin sister, Diana. She kept encouraging me, especially at the beginning of my journey when I needed it most. I am self taught and the process of learning how to paint realism in oil can be frustrating at times. She kept me going.
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I paint exclusively in oil. As i have mentioned earlier, patience isn't my strongest virtue so I I'm very grateful to whoever invented Liquin original for speeding up the drying process. I paint in layers so this is my favourite "tool".
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is it more a case of when the moment is right you work?
When I start a new painting, I get so absorbed in it, that I completely lose track of time. So I end up painting until the sun goes down.
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?
I work on one piece at a time. Give it my 100%, and then move to another.
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
I put many hours into painting. I observe other artists and learn from them as well. By practicing patience and attention to detail.
Which of your artworks are you most proud?
I"m very critical about my own work. But I have to admit that I am proud of each and every one of them, as I know I have put my 100% into them and all the skills I've had at the time.
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
There are quite few, especially Marc Carder. His realistic portraits are mind-blowing. There's also Andrew Tischler, his tutorials helped me a lot when I started painting in oil.
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
The general challenge for all of us is not to get discouraged when something doesn't go the way we have hoped or planned. To be patient and resilient. Not to compare ourselves to others and value what we do.....we shouldn't feed our inner critic too much - Overthinking causes stomach ulcers apparently.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
Don't just study it, feel it....and everything I said previously.
Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
Surrealism. I'm amazed by Beksinski paintings, he's my favourite surrealist. Surrealism is more daring, creates even bigger space for self expression in my opinion.
I might try it in the future.
We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
I use my intuition - it tells me. When after hours and hours of painting I just can't look at it anymore. It's a sign that I'm done.
Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expressing your creative nature?
I'm up to date with everything that is going on around the world. I have my own opinions on matters like politics, religion etc. I believe all humans should be conscious of what's going on around them or at least to be interested in it. It's not an artist's responsibility to make people more aware - mainstream media has it all covered.. Artists can only express their point of view, show what they feel. Art connects with a viewer's soul, not the brain.
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?
I'm taking part in a group portraits exhibition at Brick Lane Gallery in London. From 26th May to 7th June 2021.