Ewa Gargulinska is the tutor of Expressive Painting and Imagination in Painting at Central Saint Martins Short Courses. She is an internationally recognised Polish artist and the author of Poems. Her private collectors include Arthur Sackler (founder of the new wings to the Royal Academy in London and Metropolitan Museum in New York), Jeremy Irons and Vernon Ellis, chairman of the English National Opera. We chat to Ewa about her Expressive Painting Short Course, her advice for aspiring artists and mindfulness.
Who are your courses targeted to and what should students expect to leave with by the end of their course?
I don’t target my courses to anyone in particular, everyone who is drawn to their title and description can attend. Very often it attracts art therapists and doctors, alongside young people who want to study art or those who want to know how to awaken and to express their imagination.
On completion of the course students will be able to recognise their potential as creators, sustain their concentration, trust their vision, express confidently their imagination through technique; form, colour and to understand the power of the creative mind.
How did you become a painter and what is your advice for anyone wanting to become an artist?
I think it was some deliverance of fortune, I had no choice, I just knew that I had to become an artist. It may have been prompted by my hyper sensitivity and perception of the world around me and the part I play in it. I don’t think artists plan to be artists, they simply are. It is an inner call.
My advice to anyone wanting to be an artist would be to listen to your inner voice. Observe and look at everything mindfully, engage in life and the world around you. Becoming an artist is a lifetime disciplined commitment.
Where do you get your inspiration from and how do you stay inspired?
I feel inspired by human courage to endure suffering. By beauty and power of Nature. I feel encouraged and empowered by studying the work of good artists; not only those who explore similar emotional themes as my own, but others too who express unexpected imagination through their vision and skill, as well as an understanding of life and people. To sustain inspiration I read a lot; philosophy, poetry, literature, going to exhibitions, film, experimental theatre, listen to music, observe my mind as well as others and Nature
The next Expressive Painting course starts on 18 July 2016 with further dates throughout the year
Imagination in Painting starts on 12 December 2016