ABOUT

VALERIE SAVCHITS was born to a Russian-speaking family near the Baltic Sea in Latvia in 1993. Valerie has been interested in art since childhood and in 2012 she gave up her BSc degree in Chemical Technology to follow her heart's desires. She graduated from the University of Salford in 2016 with a degree in Visual Arts. Valerie is currently working from her studio in Brixton, London. Her work appeared in Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Affordable Art Fair UK, The Guardian, BBC Live and Uniqlo on Oxford St. In March 2017 Valerie teamed up with a premium British accessories brand Paul's Boutique to work on a bag design for PB's spring marketing campaign. She is also one of the winners of Hotel Elephant & Southwark Council's Art & Culture Grant Scheme — this program has commissioned six new pieces of work to be made by recent graduate artists. Artist has also been published in several art magazines such as Sukeban Gang, Average Art Magazine and Art Maze Mag. Savchits’s clients include private collectors from UK, US, Australia, China, Germany and Spain, as well as collectors working for internationally acclaimed companies like The Guardian and Petrofer.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I was born in 1993 and raised in a post-soviet society where I learned to appreciate the official notion of beauty and how to strive for harmony. Under the communist regime, any disproportionality or deviation from established norms within existing ideologies in our community was absolutely unacceptable and subsequently did not fit into the overall picture of the world. In my body of work can be seen references and major cultural or political moments from history, film and literature — interweaving them with today's values, standards and beliefs I aim to encourage viewers to consider, react, and respond to topics such as who we have or haven’t yet become; how our views of the future have been shaped by our past; why imposing unanimity is the enemy of progress and unstable like house of cards; how aesthetics can be made to move in the opposite direction from the norms and eventually become a ‘reversed aesthetics’ and what issues we face being in the center of ethnographic multiculturalism. I use a wide array of techniques and materials in my work including oil paint, spray paint, plastic, concrete, different fabrics, neon and LED lights. A colour palette that I use carries a very ambiguous meaning as I prefer not to label things and associate one particular colour with what we consciously associate it with. I also studied work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marlene Dumas, Edouard Manet, Francis Bacon, Cy Twombly, Tracey Emin, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, as well as Russian writers and poets such as Vladimir Nabokov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Mayakovsky. Their work articulates the spirit of freedom that I always craved for.