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Stephen Skrynka


If I knew what my work was about I would not need to make it. I like to create a dialogue through playful experimental use of materials, painting and performance with an emphasis on the process. Current work seems to follow the constant cycle of love and loss, risk and failure, repair and renewal, exploring the beauty and truth in human fallibility. Anything worth doing has to have an element of risk. I like to challenge conventional notions of success and explore the ways failure can be far more revealing and life-affirming. My work follows a methodical sequence of production but the results leave much to chance, the whole process inviting disaster.

“Skrynka’s ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ looks at how the significance of life and living is not determinable. Not since I experienced Documenta 13 have I felt that art could really offer such a worthwhile gift” Carissa Farrell, The Visual Artist’s News Sheet Critique Supplement

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

(accident prone) 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

Lead Artist Milton Keynes Academy collaborating with David Harding, Peter McCaughey, Chris Dolan and Alec Finlay