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Kira Phoenix K'inan

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Degree: Glass and Ceramics
University: The Royal College of Art
Graduation Year: 2015

New Blood Art Statement

You might find yourself wondering what kind of insect wove such divinely intricate webs. However, these splendidly spun creations fell from the fingertips of Kira Phoenix K’inan - a young London-based artist. K’inan graduated from The Royal college of Art with a degree in Glass and Ceramics. 

Inspired by painters such as Kurt Schwitters and Umberto Boccioni, she has developed her own unique style of low relief drawing that treads the line between sculpture and sketch. By carving directly into plaster sheets, K’inan has the rare ability to cast her artwork using very fine ground glass – rendering work that is, essentially, painting with glass.

Artist Statement

I am a London-based artist and designer. My work brings together fine art and craft through glass sculptures, works on paper, installations and multi-exposure photography. Within my work I explore different themes within drawing, including twisting lines and forms that intertwine creating works that are in a constant visual flux. Taking inspiration from practitioners of the Futurism art movement, especially painters Kurt Schwitters and Umberto Boccioni, I uses line and colour to create dynamic movement that keeps the viewer’s eye tracking its course.


The line as we know it is usually a linker form that follows an axis with a consistent trajectory. From that first line I create abstract drawings inspired by my surroundings and explore the interconnections that occur.


While I was a Masters student in the Glass and Ceramics Department at the Royal College of Art I explored traditional glass techniques and translated them into a contemporary series of glass sculptures. I developed a unique technique of low relief drawing, the Relief Drawing Technique, where I carved directly into a plaster sheet and cast the piece using fine ground glass.


Within my practice I am interested in processes that allow me to deconstruct the original form and through different creative processes I am able to reconstruct the work, further abstracting the form, giving the piece a new context.


I have also had the opportunity to take part in two residencies in Stockholm and Edinburgh, been able to exhibit globally, with particular highlight being Emerge Bullseye 2018, and I was shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artists Prize in 2019.


Solo Exhibitions

2019, Intertwist, The Hellenic Centre, London
2017, Intertwined, Haunt, Dalston, London
2017, Intervolve, Galleri Glas, Stockholm, Sweden
2011, KPKart Gallery and Open Studio, 821, Fulham Road, London
2010, KPK at Flying Lobsters & Laughing Rags, The Book Club, Leonard Street, London
2008, 32, Solo Exhibition, 200a, London

Group Exhibitions

2019, Counter/Balance, Trinity Art Gallery, London
2019, Continuum, The Folded Space, South-End on Sea
2019, Way of Seeing, Depford Does Art, London
2019, Wanderlust, The Ollerod, Beaminster Devon
2019, Ashurst Emerging Art Prize, Ashurst, London
2019, From ArtCan With Love, The Fiztrovia Gallery, London
2019, Inspired, London Glass Blowing, London
2019, 44 ART WORKS, 44 Hallam Street, London
2019, Fusion IV, International Contemporary Art Show, London
2019, HES, Hellenic Engineers Society, London
2019, New Horizons, The Lumen Crypt Gallery, London
2019, Elevate 02, The Shard, The Shard, London
2018, Winter Open Exhibition, North Lands Creative, Lybster, Scotland
2018, It’s Art Call 2018, After Nyne Gallery, London
2018, Glasshaus XIII, Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex
2018, Materiality, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2018, EMERGE 2018, Bullseye Galleries, Portland, Oregon, USA
2018, COMPENDIUM, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2018, Open 2018, The National Scottish Galleries, Edinburgh, Scotland
2017, Winter Open Exhibition, North Lands Creative, Lybster, Scotland
2017, In Relationship, Contemporary Glass Society, London
2017, Destruction/Construction, Contemporary Glass Society, London
2017, The White Show, Flow Gallery and Clothworthy House & Antrim Castle Gardens, N. Ireland
2016, Flight, Contemporary Glass Society, London
2016, Something Yellow, Contemporary Glass Society, London
2015, The White Show, Flow Gallery, London
2015, Glasshaus XIII, Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex
2015, Printed Possibilities, Contemporary Glass Society, London
2015, The Lie of the Land, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland
2015, Ceramics and Glass Final Show, Woo Gallery, The Royal College of Art, London
2015, Tin Project, Henry Moore Gallery, The Royal College of Art, London
2015, In Support of Eating, Sketch Restaurant, London
2015, Untitled, Henry Moore Gallery, The Royal College of Art, London
2015, Work In Progress 2015, Henry Moore Gallery, The Royal College of Art, London
2014, V&A Project, Henry Moore Gallery, The Royal College of Art, London
2014, Work In Progress 2014, Henry Moore Gallery, The Royal College of Art, London
2010, TIPTOE INTO INFINITY, Leonard Street, London
2010, Elysian Project III, Elysian Project III, Islington, London
2010, THIRST : Water is Art : Art is Water, Brick Lane, London
2010, Central St Martins Degree Show, CSM, London
2010, The Mango Lab, Kite Studios, London
2009, Something New, Automatic Collective, 1535 N Ashland, Chicago
2009, FICTIONNONFICTION, Innovation Centre Gallery, Southampton Row, London
2009, FICTIONNONFICTION, Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, London
2009, HOGWASH!, The Foundry, Great Eastern St, London
2009, Day Lights Saving Time, Plain Janes, The Foundry, London
2009, POPPYCOCK!, Artists In Motion, 93 Feet East, London
2008, Fabrication, 93 Feet East, London
2008, 20x20x20x20, Central St. Martins, London
2008, How to make an Origami Paper Boat’, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
2008, Pendulum Intervention within a Lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
2008, Amend NCP, NCP Car Park, London
2007, You’ve Got No Idea What We’re Doing This Summer, Hats Plus, London
2007, Innovations, Back Hill, London
2007, Directions, The Lethaby Gallery, London

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2006, Chris Campbell Memorial Prize
2015, Konstfack Exchange Prize
2018, Hothouse 2019, Short-Listed
2019, Visual Art Open, Short-Listed
2019, Creekside Open, Short-Listed
2019, Ashurst Emerging Art Prize, Short-Listed

Original works:

MagentaType, 3

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£800

Collateral Beauty in White, 2 ...

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£3000

Constructure in Opal Green

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£1000

Rust Drawing in Opal, 1

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£850

Colour Theory in Purple

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£1000

Colour Theory in Blue

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£1000

Constructure in Periwinkle Blu...

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£1000

Colour Theory in Green

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£1000

Magenta Type, 4

By Kira Phoenix K'inan

£800