Adele Karmazyn

Adele Karmazyn is a York based Digital Photomontage Artist. Her love of antiquities and oddities, old doors and weathered surfaces are the foundations of her work.

Bringing people from the past back to full colour and intertwining them with creatures big and small, coupled with delicate foliage, she creates images both sophisticated and playful. Adele often uses idioms, metaphors and musical lyrics for inspiration and to add narrative to her work.

Though still picking up the paintbrush often and drawing most days, creating textures, drawing animals and getting the composition on paper is where each image begins.

Light Colors Cooking Website Twitter Header (5)

Adele studied for her B. A. (Hons) Degree in Textile Art at Winchester School of Art. After a short spell working for an interior magazine in London she set out to see the world. Many years later she settle down in the historic city of York.

In 2015 Adele completed a diploma in Children's book illustration gaining a distinction and it was after this that she turned to using her camera and photoshop. Though still picking up the paintbrush often and drawing most days, creating textures, drawing animals and getting the composition on paper is where each image begins.

Though still picking up the paintbrush often and drawing most days, creating textures, drawing animals and getting the composition on paper is where each image begins.

Light Colors Cooking Website Twitter Header (1)
lets_go_for_a_Paddlesm_3_thumb
90th_1

Commisions

Adele also takes on commissions for bespoke pieces. Her process takes into consideration family history and story telling in order to bring old family portraits back to life.

Step 1: Consultation and research to understand the history of the subject, important artefacts, settings and memories.

Step 2: Determine and agree the theme with the client, number of pieces required and space work will sit in. 

Step 3: Collation of images, taking photos of artefacts, places and details to create a sample board of inspiration.

Step 4: Creation of artworks with regular feedback from client on how the piece is evolving. 

Step 5: Final sign off, print and framing and presentation to client.

Light Colors Cooking Website Twitter Header (10)

Exhibitions

  • Virtually Real' Norman Rea Gallery, York St Johns University - 27th Jan - 10th February 2020
  • 'Behind the Curtain' York City Screen 17th November - 16th of December 2019
  • 'our eARTh' exhibition at The Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke 24th March - 23rd Dec 2019
  • 'Fallen Finery' at 'According to McGee' York Feb19
  • Blossom Street Gallery and Framers, York June and July 2019
  • York River Art Market August 2019
  • 'Positive Emotions' exhibition at The Kunsthuis Gallery', Crayke 6th April-27th October 2019
  • Staithes Art and Heritage Festival 7th and 8th September 2019
  • York Open Studios for the past 2 years, which is an annual community arts event which represents the best of artists and makers living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city. Each year York Open Studios provides an opportunity for the public to visit committee selected artists’ studios and exhibitions. 

Adele's work has also been featured in Waitrose magazine and her work has been used as the front cover in Dream Catcher magazine

John Lewis overage
Dream Catcher Magazine
Light Colors Cooking Website Twitter Header (9)

Collections

Behind The Curtain

'Behind the Curtain' is a collection of pieces with a theatrical theme, each image telling a story with a stage set feel. Colours rich and fabric flowing, taking the viewer to another place and time.

final 2

Staithes

final 3

Strange Days of 2020

These is a mini series created in lockdown aptly named 'Strange Days of 2020'. Strange Days' evolved in the early days of lockdown, quite unintentionally really. I created a couple of these images and realised they were quite a reflection of the times we were in, so then I focused on this and the collection was titled. Each piece is a snapshot of the change in our freedom due to the pandemic, be it distant conversations, The wearing of PPE and Home schooling. Some are not as obvious but if you look long enough I am sure you will link it to some strange happening of 2020.

4ish

Early Work

When I started out I didn't work in collections, it was individual images full of experimentation and creative unknown paths. These all have a place in my heart and each one a stepping stone to new work and new ideas.

Early Work

Porthole

A collection of Photomontage images created in what appears to be looking through a porthole. I do like to create an image set in a circle, like a window into another world giving the image added depth and dimension.

12

Just For Fun

his collection is my reaction to the Great British Idiom...I love a whimsical saying steeped in history and tradition. 'A Fine Kettle of Fish' is my favourite and the first image I created.

final 1

Duality

Duality is Adele's latest collection and her second in 2020 after 'Strange Days'. Here Adele made a conscious decision to mute the colour, calm the impact and settle on tranquillity and thoughtfulness. There is something pleasing when we see an exact duplicate, be it a reflection, a shadow or a twin. When creating two of the same person Adele found it interesting to see how they would interact with each other, holding onto each other and being of strength to the other.

Icons and Trinkets

Light Colors Cooking Website Twitter Header (12)