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Olha Pryymak

artist  |  Olha Pryymak

London

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Olha Pryymak is a London-based painter. Her current body of work originates from a fascination with ancient folk medicine inspired by a recent research trip to rural Latvia. Her interest was sparked as much by the ritualistic processes of growing, drying and consuming herbs as by their actual medicinal properties. This new area of focus has led to a dramatic expansion of the parameters of her painting practice as she ... Read more
Olha Pryymak is a London-based painter. Her current body of work originates from a fascination with ancient folk medicine inspired by a recent research trip to rural Latvia. Her interest was sparked as much by the ritualistic processes of growing, drying and consuming herbs as by their actual medicinal properties. This new area of focus has led to a dramatic expansion of the parameters of her painting practice as she has used the language of alchemy as means by which to explore her own creativity.

She seeks an equivalence to alchemy in her painting. She aims to create a therapeutic and revelatory effect through the application of paint on canvas. Looking back to prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies –- in particular, the theories of cultural historian Joseph Campbell that tribal people executed cave paintings to represent situations they hoped would come to pass –- she evokes contemporary painting as a shamanistic ritual. She explores painting’s ability to transform and heal, as well as its capacity to affect its viewer.

For her, the act of painting itself is an alchemical transformation. Her focus is on tactility, dynamism of surface and the psychological effect of colour. Her subject matter has become abstracted. Over time, her practice has begun to incorporate elements of both installation and performance, providing context and drama to her works on board and canvas. Ultimately, all the elements of her practice are directed towards addressing painting’s claim to bring on transformation, healing and change. Read less
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