Karol Kochanowski Artist Bio 

My work is abstract and non-representational in style.

Light floating forms hang within an open space, punctuated and anchored by graphic, semi-geometric elements. These are poetic depictions of emotional landscapes in which chaos, logic and self-destruction co-habit, in clashing and discordant harmony which describes the fragile and painful yet curiously beautiful way in which a damaged mind makes sense of the world.

I approach my painting in an instinctively haphazard way.

It is always an intrepid journey without a map and arrival at my final destination is always something of a surprise. In a sense, the genesis, gestation and gentle nurturing of the process interests me more than the end product.


  • Born in Lublin, Poland (1986)

  • Currently lives and works as a freelance artist at Artwork Atelier, Manchester, UK



  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University (2011-2013)

  • BA (Hons) Interactive Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University (2010-2011)

  • Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University (2009-2010)

  • Faculty of Architecture, University of Technology, Lublin, Poland (2005-2006)



  • Ken Bellany Prize 2013 Winner






  • therapy (2-30Oct), Didsbury Parsonage, Manchester, UK




  •     U R Not Invited | installation/painting solo exhibition by Karol Kochanowski (4Sept - 2Oct) / Kosmonaut, NQ, Manchester, UK

  •     #SELFIE_SHOW-OFF (18Aug-9Sept) / People's History Museum, Manchester, UK




  •      Storm Thorgerson Tribute Installation, Sale High School, Manchester






  • Abstractionism : An Abstract Art Exhibition (3-17Aug), The Bureau - Centre for the Arts, Blackburn, UK

  • Thoughts Become Art (2 – 3June), Bauhaus, Berlin, Germany

  • Stimulus (27May - 2June), Greenhouse Berlin, Berlin, Germany

  • Colour & I Are One (20May - 16July), Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester, UK





  • Summer Salon 2016 (24Jul-14Aug), LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES, London, UK

  • SPECTRUM (1Jul-13Aug), PS Mirabel, Manchester, UK

  • SIXTY (13-22May), LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES, London, UK

  • January exhibition" (2-30Jan), Butterfly Fine Art gallery, Manchester, UK




  • December exhibition (1-30Dec), Butterfly Fine Art gallery, Manchester, UK

  • Human (15Oct – 29 Nov), Sticks Gallery, Fareham, UK


  • Mytholmroyd Open Exhibition (16 - 17Oct), Mytholmroyd Arts Festival, St Michaels Church Hall, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, UK


  • Shelf Life (10Sept -10Oct), PS Mirabel, Manchester, UK


  • ‘It’s OK, you don’t have to like it.’(24July) / Track Brewing, Manchester, UK


  • Whatever Floats Your Boat (30April - 3 May), St Margaret Church, Whalley Range, Manchester, UK



  • 'Figurative' Exhibition (1-30Dec) / Grumpy Studios, Manchester, UK

  • Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival (3Oct - 1Nov) / Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington, UK

  • Free For All group exhibition (Free For Arts Festival) ( Oct’14)/ Federation House, Manchester, UK

  • FLAT_PAK ( DISSAPEAR performance by Tali Surreya) (11Sept) / Toast Manchester / Manchester, UK

  • Liverpool Biennial : Colonize Revisited (11-13/17-20July) / Arena Gallery / Liverpool, UK

  • Tortaiture (24July) / Kraak Gallery, Manchester, UK

  • Aspire Festival (31May), Preston, UK

  • New Mills Arts Fest 2014 / Town trail + Art Fair (17May-1June), New Mills, UK

  • COLONIZE (4-26April), Dykeman Young Gallery, Jamestown, New York, US

  • Invisible Pervert Witch (15March-15April), CDM UK, Manchester

  • Grumpy Open Studios (22Feb), Creative Spaces, Manchester

  • Parallax Art Fair (21 - 22Jan), Chelsea Town Hall, London

  • The Graduate Show (5Jan - 31Jan), The Granary Art Gallery, Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard

  • Accelerate! (25Oct '13 - 20Jan), North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, United States




  • The Studios#1 – new perspectives in painting, The Studios, New Mills, High Peak, UK

  • Artist-in-Residence Project, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester

  • Neo:graduates show, neo:gallery22, Bolton

  • EXPERIMENTS TWO (WEST WOLF), St Margrets Church, Whalley Range, Manchester

  • CDM UK 1st Show, Centre for Design and Manufacture, Manchester

  • The somewhereto_ re:store Degree Show Exhibition, Corn Exchange, Manchester

  • Manchester International Tattoo Show, Manchester central (G-Mex), Manchester

  • NQ POP-UP, Shudehill Studios, Manchester

  • Manchester School of Art Degree Show, School of Art, Manchester




  • Platform Magazine launches night, Vault, Manchester

  • Free Range, Kraak Gallery, Manchester

  • Tea Room’s ‘Salon Hang’, Holden Gallery Cafe, Manchester




  • The Secret Life, Link Gallery, Manchester

  • Interactive Arts 1st Year Show, MMU, Manchester

  • Time-line Exhibition, Link Gallery, Manchester




  • Manchester School of Art Degree Show, School of Art, Manchester



  • LandEscape art review, Anniversary Edition, (p.52-77), 2017

  • “Artist’s Concern About Information Overload”, Metro, Sarah Walters (8 September, 2014)

  • “Kochanowski at Kosmonaut”, Manchester Evening News, Sarah Walters (5 September, 2014)

  • Modern Painters, (VOLUME XXVI, NUMBER 2/ Feb'14), BLOUINARTINFO.COM, 2014

  • Aesthetica, (Issue 56, Dec/Jan’14), Aesthetica Magazine, 2014

  • Platform Magazine, (01/’12), MMU, 2012




     Floating Island Residency (Dec '15 - January 2016), 81 Fountain Street creative spaces, Manchester, UK


    U R NOT INVITED (Sept 2014), Kosmonaut, Manchester, UK


    Cyprus Summer School (Aug 2012), Cornaro Institute, Larnaca, Cyprus




  • Mark Devereux Projects

  • Castlefield Gallery Association

  • Grumpy Creative Spaces Association

  • Friends of CDM

© 2015 by Saul Hay Fine Art
Manchester, UK
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