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Kristina Butigan

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University: Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Graduation Year: 2014

New Blood Art Statement

Kristina Butigan constructs and executes her images with the meticulous deliberation of classical artists, also drawing from modern collage and popular media. On closer inspection of the figures that populate the historical allegory : Allegiance Will Blind Us If We Do Not Fall, you can recognise the sort of hipsters you see in bars around town. Like some groovy transfiguration, fashionable young pilgrims wilt under the light of divine revelation – the scene is both wonderful and ironic. In the darker Elixir of Life, Butigan tends more towards the surreal, with notable pop-art influences too.

Artist Statement

Through contemporary artworks I bring to life the beauty of classical mythology. Primarily figurative works, painterly techniques and rich colours meet to create new mythologies applicable to our modern age. Inspired by a particular affinity to both classical paintings and glossy fashion spreads, works evoke the emotion and passion of Baroque painting, along with the calm rationality of the Renaissance model-esque façade. Fantastical scenes are developed to explore contemporary society’s notions of beauty, stereotype and the male gaze. However, the work remains ambiguous in its nature, enticing the viewers to question their own perceptions of reality. My current body of work is a recognition of the juxtaposition in the relationship between slow methodical historical painting and fast media images. The modern world is a sprawling mass construction of media images, continuously copied and recycled; left open to a variety of appropriations and re-contextualization's. The works created form a true visual reflection of this notion. The ability to extract from the endless sources of mass media imagery available is crucial to the production and creation of key moments, which hold central the initial 'collage aesthetic' from which they are formed.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2014 'Facade' Summer Exhibition, London
2014 'The Next Level' @ Office Sessions, London  
2014 CHART Gallery, London
2013 Youngblood Gallery, Koln, Germany
2013 'Drifting in the Abstract', Vyner Street Gallery, London
2013 'The Public' Summer Exhibition, Birmingham
2013 Weston Park, Granary Art Gallery, Shropshire
2013 'HOT-ONE-HUNDRED', Schwartz Gallery, London
2013 BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate Show, Birmingham School of Art and Design 

Original works:

Transmission Visions of Fire a...

By Kristina Butigan

£6000

Ascent

By Kristina Butigan

£450

Against the Titans

By Kristina Butigan

£890

Descent

By Kristina Butigan

£450

Omniscient Flow

By Kristina Butigan

£3000

Crystal Rain

By Kristina Butigan

£900

Elixir of Life

By Kristina Butigan

£3000

Frozen Might

By Kristina Butigan

£450

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Allegiance Will Blind Us If We...

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Fly Too High and the Sun Will ...

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Fly Too Low and the Ocean Will...

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Ruptured Blooms

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Locus Amoenus

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Ablaze

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Moonlit Lake

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Halcyon Fields

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