Ewa Polanek 

About my work

I was born in Edinburgh 1976. As far as I recall, I was always interested in both drawing and

painting from an early age. During my early schooling, a natural ability to paint became

evident and was recognised by my peers. Painting became my passion and this grew to

ambition - to become an Artist.

Initially, I studied Art at Telford College Edinburgh. I then progressed to Edinburgh College

of Art where I consistently received awards throughout my years of study, before graduating

with honours.

In 2005, I was commissioned by John West Foods Ltd to provide two seascape paintings to

feature on their limited edition product packaging. Subsequent prints were made of these

paintings and sold to consumers. The limited edition prints were sold-out.

The product concept won “The Anderson’s Packaging (Aberdeen) Ltd Award” in respect of the product with the most innovative packaging at the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards.

Seascape offers me an endless source of inspiration in a forever changing subject matter.

Fundamentally, the colour, scale, texture and brushstrokes play important and pivotal roles

in my work.

Rich, bold use of colour and thick tactile quality of oils are fluent in my paintings. In

capturing dramatic scenes on my canvas, I recreate the power and force of the sea and sky.

Whilst sometimes calm, it can also be fierce and unforgiving.

I visit many of Scotland’s shores frequently including Wester Ross, Grampian, the Western

Isles and Berwickshire, amongst others, in gaining ideas. From wind blasted beaches to

ferocious sweeping waves, these coastal regions can offer a diverse array of evocative and

sometimes spectacular visions.

This is inspiring.


Training, Awards and Commissions

1996 - 2000 BA (Hons) Degree in Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art

1994 - 95 Advanced Certificate in Art and Design, Telford College

1995 Sime Malloch Prize - Best of Show, Telford College

1997 Drawing and Painting Prize - Andrew Grant Travel Award, Edinburgh College of Art

1999 Andrew Grant Painting Prize - Edinburgh College of Art

2005 Commissioned painting for John West Foods Ltd

2006 Commissioned painting for John West Foods Ltd

Selected Group Exhibitions

1996 - 2021