Abstract Australis
Abstract Australis
Brighton, Victoria 3186 Australia
Ph: 0407 501 808
ABN: 66 086 690 771
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Inga K. SERAFIN (b.1966)

Raised in Przemyśl, a small rural town in the low mountains of Poland, Inga K. Serafin read Pedagogy of Special Education in Krakow. It was during this this time in Krakow that Inga started to paint, inspired by the patchwork of fields she witnessed when travelling on the suburban rail network, her work began to focus on the spatial relationships and mise-en-scene of abstract landscapes.

In 1991, Inga relocated to Melbourne where she raised her family, working casually but persisted to find time for painting. Inga’s work was heavily influenced by the contrasting elements of the Australian landscape. The yellow-green complexion of Inga’s early acrylic work was soon replaced by an earthy burnt haze, whilst the vast open space of the outback translated to larger oil paintings on increasingly bigger canvases with sparse use of colour.

Through the late nineties, until 2005 elements of urban landscape begin to feature in Inga’s work. Perspective began to change from one part of the canvas to another, creating a variety of different visual environments embedded within a single painting. Travel to Europe, alongside more frequent visits to the vast, absorbing, Australian countryside, inspired more open and monochromatic paintings. Infused with new inspiration, her work continues to be absorbed by colour and uses it to emphasise depth and composition.

From 2001 until 2015 Inga worked full time as a special needs teacher and painted daily, preparing a last exhibition in the Swan Street Studios, Melbourne before relocating to London where she continues to teach and paint.

“Art infuses every moment of my life. It allows me to gain inner clarity, and to explore the darkness and light that exists within. I have a need to create. I am driven by many elements of life – memory, colour, dreams, found objects and opposite emotions. My experience of freedom is achievable by separating myself from reality through painting. Art sets me free.” (Inga K.-Serafin, 2003)

I paint for me; I paint what I see, how I understand life. I run away to the big open canvas to dream…. absorbed by the colours and textures, getting lost in the vast and beautiful landscape of “my Australia”.

Every morning the bell of the tram wakes me up

I eat green and yellows in handfuls

I drink blues from the sky 

From my garden birds of paradise screech orange at me

the white fur of my cat calms me

down into the world of all senses 

The Noise of Colour (2001)

 

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