Artist of the Month December 2016
Each month we choose one of the fantastic artists represented on our website to be our Artist of the Month.
Our December 2016 Artist of the Month is Stephen Muszynski. Stephen lives in Darlington and attends the Community Art Project two days a week. He stitches beautiful tapestries in bold colours. Stephen also likes to create work in watercolour, oil pastels and felt tips.
When and how did your interest in art develop?
I was good at art when I was at school. I have enjoyed drawing since I was little.
I have been coming to the Community Art Project in Darlington for many years now. It used to be based at Darlington Arts Centre but is now at The Bridge, Visual Arts Centre in Darlington.
What influences your art?
When I look at different things.
I like to travel and visit places especially by train. I look at art books that I borrow from the library.
What process do you go through when you are creating a piece?
I do it from memory sometimes. I usually can see the picture in my mind before I start.
Which artists, if any, have you drawn inspiration from?
Do you have a favourite piece? If so, which one and why?
I did a picture of Durham Cathedral because I go to Durham sometimes
What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?
I hope they like what they see.
What has been the highlight of your artistic career?
Having my painting ‘Self Portrait as an Artist’ included in the Shape Open exhibition in London and going on the train to see the exhibition earlier this year. I had five of my tapestries exhibited in the Darlington Building Society in the centre of town in 2013
What is next for you as an artist?
I hope to do more art in the future. One of my paintings and one of my tapestries will be included in the printed calendar produced by the Community Art Project. More of my work will be included in exhibitions arranged through the CAP in Darlington including at Crown Street Gallery in April 2017.