Paulina Malowaniec is a Polish Illustrator based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Her creative endeavours studies began when she was a child, evolving in fine art high school and led her to study Culture at the University of Wroclaw. During her second year of studies she relocated to the United Kingdom and shifted focus onto Fine Art, and later, onto Illustration – she is now studying illustration under David Hails at Newcastle College.
Paulina’s main inspirations are predominantly drawn from Science Fiction cinema and literature, the fashion and music of goth culture and shifting societal zeitgeists. While stylistically she is inspired by raw sexuality and wrought figuring of Egon Schiele to the colourful and theatrical print work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec mainly for his provocative nature and statement.
Her artwork is very personal and is often related directly to personal experience with vivid uses of colour and a focus on sexuality and the nude form. She has crafted a very individual style and aesthetic with her work and is easily identifiable among peers. The thematic nature of Paulina’s work is, as mentioned before, based heavily in personal experience, exploring difficult and seldom discussed subjects such as self harming, toxic relationships and mental health issues. Despite her surrealist leanings the message of Paulina’s work is very concise and somehow unhindered in amongst the fantastic setting.
More recently Paulina has started to explore new mediums and dissemination of her work including tattoo and body art, DIY print and zine making as well as a large focus on animation which has added new depth and scope to the magnitude of her prolific output. In the future she is planning to further explore animation and computer game design while still expanding her skills and knowledge of illustration, including achieving her Masters and pursuing a career in professional illustration through publishing and editorial illustration.