Five questions to Krys

Five questions to Krys

Krys was born in Lancashire and grew up in Manchester. She now lives outside of London where she works are a Makeup Artist. Art has always been a constant companion since childhood and expressed in various forms of mediums. She works predominantly in Acrylic painting and digital art. Her style is automatic, impulsive and chaotic. Exploring the art of imperfection and unconscious thought. These elements all reflect curiosity of humans nature, psychology and freedom inviting the view to interpret on an individual level.How did you get into art?

I have always had a strong artistic background since childhood. My father was an artist and architect so I was heavily influenced from an early age. At school and college I specialised in fine and textiles then later went on to university to study Media design. After University, I moved to London and to pursue a career as makeup artist.

How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

My style is chaotic and a little random depending what mood I am in at the time. Over the past couple of years I feel my style definitely reflects my past and present experiences . As I have gotten older I have become more confident with expression and exposing honesty which I have always struggled with and kept part of myself trapped in fear of being judged upon.

My paintings explore imperfection using layers of paint, colour and texture, which accidentally  showcase hidden elements within the art allowing viewers to connect and interpret on a deeper level. How do you go about developing your work?

I travel a lot for work which restricts what mediums I use for my art. I carry my ipad everywhere with me to create digital art and usually grab a sketch book and pens whilst on the road. All helps to keep my mind active and keep my creative juices alive. I am always making notes, writing poems and sketching strange cartoonish doodles.

When I have time at home, I work in my little studio painting. I like to keep an open mind and go with the flow, without much thought to see where it takes me. I often re- work on canvases to refresh the automatic movement at that present time because my mind moves on to the next phase so quickly.Who or what influences you?

I am highly influenced by everything around me whether it be textures on a wall, architecture or reflections of light. I am fortunate be travelling the world with my makeup career to be able to see interesting and fresh surroundings. I take a lot of photos that I use in my digital work.

I try not to get too influenced by other artists work or trends as I don’t want it to cross over in my own creative journey but having said this instagram is a great platform to find new and interesting artists.

My old time favourite artists are Jean- Michel Basquiat, Jenny Saville and HR Giger, who I discovered from an early age and still remain an inspiration to this day.

Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?

I have lots of plans moving forward that will be put into fruition soon and I would love in the near future to have my own gallery space.

I am currently designing a book from my mini series called ‘Love Doods’ which are made up of androgynous doodles and written words. It is quite a personal project to me and  I have been working on this for over a year. It is a journey of love and pain expressing the intricate connection of human emotion. I feel this subject is something we can all relate to in different ways and I am quite excited to get out there and share. Learn more about the artist: