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Stephen Skrynka


Creating a dialogue through joyful and playful experimental use of materials, painting and peformance. 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. 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 everything 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