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London,United Kingdom


Total years of experience:


10 Years

I am a London based visual artist working in drawing, illustration, sculpture, mural and installation art. I work with archival inks, spray paint, watercolour, paint, pencil, found objects and found materials. My practice is rooted in drawing and the forming of numerous representations of urban environments. I also create sculptures and installations from found materials as extensions of ideas that inform my two dimensional based pieces. My works are born out of extensive research that I undertake in a given city, town, place, space. By mapping those through intense research projects I collect hidden traces, stories, public and private histories . My interest is in brutalist architecture, territories both real and imagined, my own memories of growing up in Warsaw, universal memories, stories of a given place, transformation and regeneration. 2022 I was commissioned a portrait drawing for the Beacon Collection at Brighton’s Soho House. I collaborated with artist Hannah Dickins on a mural for Tonkotsu restaurant in Walthamstow, London. I designed and delivered four art workshops for sixth form students at London's LGBTQ+ centre the QUEERCIRCLE. 2021 I completed ‘A Place In-Between’ artist residency and exhibition in Margate funded by the Arts Council Lottery Fund. A four months residency at the Margate School, and exhibition at the Old Primark building in Margate. 2019 I curated a group exhibition ‘CITYISLAND’ at the Silver Building, London. I was commissioned 192 drawings for The Hoxton collection in London. I completed 45 illustrations for ‘Eat What You Saw’ book by Alys Fowler, Kyle Books. My artwork "You Will Never Sleep Again" is featured in ‘The Word is Art’ book, Michael Petry, Thames & Hudson. My work has been reviewed in Artlyst 2021, MU 2022 and Salvage magazine 2022. 2010-2013 I successfully delivered three solo exhibitions: ’Welcome to Paradise III’ Fundacja Sztuczna, Warsaw, Poland. ‘Welcome to Paradise II’, Crima’rt Gallery, Milan (Funded by the British Council Travel Grant). ‘Welcome to Paradise I’, PayneShurvell Gallery, London (Supported by The Polish Cultural Institute). 2012-2013 I completed an artist in residency and arts commission for the Vital Arts, The Royal London Hospital.

Pick me for these projects! :-

Anything creative; drawing on paper, 3D work to large scale mural and stencil work.

I'll sit these ones out :-

Technology based work.

Arlington House no 2
Heart and Soul in Every Bowl
Placard making workshop at Queer and Now Festival 2023 at Tate Britain
Sound Mirrors no1
Heart and Soul in Every Bowl
Placard making workshop Queer and Now Festival 2023 at Tate Britain
Dyke Joy
Heart and Soul in Every Bowl
Workshops at the QUEERCIRCLE
Hope and Glory
TONKOTSU restaurant mural
Workshops at the QUEERCIRCLE
Workshops at the QUEERCIRCLE
Legia Kiosk no1
Workshops at the QUEERCIRCLE
Concrete Slide
Workshops at the QUEERCIRCLE London 2022
Sea scape no5
Bluebelle Staffy
Sound Mirrors no5
A Place In-Between
Sea Holly
Arlington House 1


2022 Art workshops with young adults,   QUEERCIRCLE,   London,   England. 2003- current Anka Dabrowska Visual Artist. Exhibiting,   exhibition curation,   undertaking private and public commissions,   marketing and advertising,   maintaining portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles,   interests,   and abilities with potential clients,   create custom drawings using archival inks,   pencil,   watercolour,   and spray paint to complete unique pieces for clients,   developing art and design concepts,   collaborating with art direction to implement artistic vision. 2005- 2007 Gallery assistant,   Tate Britain,   London,   England. 2003-2004 Gallery assistant,   Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art,   Gateshead,   England.


2021 Art Council National Lottery Project Grant,   Margate,   England.
2011 British Council Travel Grant,   London,   England.
2010 Polish Cultural Institute,   solo exhibition grant,   London,   England.
2007 Juliet Gomperts Trust Project Award,   London,   England.
2005 Short-listed for The Jerwood Drawing Prize,   London,   England.
2004 Arts Council of England,   Grants for Individuals,   Newcastle upon Tyne,   England.


2021 “A Place In Between”,   July 2021,   The Old Primark building ,   Margate,   England.
2017 ‘More LIFE’,   Paul Smith,   Marylebone,   London,   England.
2013 ‘Welcome to Paradise III’ Fundacja Sztuczna,   Warsaw,   Poland.
2011 ‘Welcome to Paradise II’,   Crima’rt Gallery,   Milan,   Italy.
2010 ‘Welcome to Paradise I’,   PayneShurvell Gallery,   London,   England.
2008 'Four by Four',   Sartorial Contemporary Art,   London,   England.

2021 ‘130 Exhibition’,   Lovelys Gallery,   Margate,   Kent. ’Flags II: Flags for Queertopias’,   The Margate School,   Margate,   Kent. ‘Clifford Chance London Pride Exhibition’,   Clifford Chance,   London,   England. ‘Restriction’,   Clayhill Arts,   Bridgwater,   England. ‘SPRING OPEN”,   The Absent Gallery,   London,   England. ‘JUNGLE’,   online exhibition of 40 international artists at Katmapped.
2020 ‘Red Flags’,   The Margate School,   Margate,   Kent,   England.
2019 ‘CITYISLAND’,   The Silver Buiding,   London,   England.
2017 ‘MADE UP’,   The Glasgow Art Club,   Glasgow,   Scotland. ‘IN YOUR FACE’,   Salisbury Art Centre,   Salisbury,   England.
2016 ‘DRAWING LINES’,   JEALOUS gallery,   London,   England.
2015 ‘CHEMCRAFT: For Love of Chemistry’,   London,   England. ‘CITYSCAPES’,   JEALOUS gallery,   London,   England.
2013 ‘WILD KINGDOM’,   Siren gallery,   London,   England. 'Clifford Chance Annual Gay Pride Art Exhibition’,   London,   England. ‘Works on Paper’,   PayneShurvell Collective Gallery,   London,   England. ‘Open Plan’,   Departure Foundation,   London,   England.
2010 ‘A Bright and Guilty Place’. PayneShurvell Gallery,   London,   England.
2009 ‘Summer Camp’,   Exile,   Berlin,   Germany.

Worked with the following major brands:

Equipment (fashion),   New York and LA.
Kyle books publishers,   London.
Barts and London Trust (art commissions for hospitals),   London.
Tonkotsu restaurant (mural),   London.

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