Karol Kochanowski

Karol Kochanowski

Manchester, United Kingdom

About Karol Kochanowski

I am Polish artist (b.1986), currently living and working (Wellington Studios) in Manchester, UK
Winner of Ken Billany Prize 2013.
I graduated in 2013, at Manchester Metropolitan University from BA Fine Art.
My works had been exhibited internationally, included London, New York, Berlin, Raleigh (North Carolina) and Manchester.

My work is semi-abstract and non-representational in style. Light floating forms hang within an open space, punctuated and anchored by graphic, partly-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 an unsettled 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.


2013 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

2011 BA (Hons) Interactive Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

2010 Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

2006 Faculty of Architecture, University of Technology, Lublin, Poland

2005 Freehand Drawing Course, University of Technology, Lublin, Poland



Europia Art Collective // kukuryku (Manifest) - secret location (14th July), Manchester, UK
Wellington Studios Open Day (Manifest) - Wellington Studios (13th July), Manchester, UK


Manifest Arts Festival / Artwork Atelier open studios + Saul Hay Gallery open day (8 July), Manchester, UK


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


Manifest Arts Festival / Artwork Atelier open studios (11 July), Manchester, UK


U R NOT INVITED (Sept), week residency at Kosmonaut, Manchester, UK

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

Aspire Festival (31May), Preston, UK

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

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

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

Creative Aspiration Event, Manchester Central, Manchester, UK

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

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

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


Summer Art School residency (July -August), Cornario Institute, Larnaca, Cyprus

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

Platform Magazine launch night, Vault, Manchester, UK



"Manchester Open" (18 January - 29 March) - HOME, Manchester, UK


"ORNAMENTIKA" (Manifest) (9-21 July) - Fred Aldous, Manchester, UK
"PANIT" (Manifest) (28 June - 3 August) - PS Mirabel, Manchester, UK
"Spotlight" (Manifest) (3 July - )- Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester, UK
"Greater Manchester Art Prize 2019" (7 June - 5 July) - Bolton Museum & Art Gallery, Bolton, UK

"Europia Art Collective Launch Exhibition" (7 - 21 March), Old Bank Residency, Manchester, UK

"Bankley Open Call 2018" (13Oct - 03Nov), Bankley Studios & Gallery, Manchester, UK
"Air Open 2018" (10Aug - 29Sept), Air Gallery, Altrincham, UK
"The Art of Volunteering" (25May - 23Sept), Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK


"Anniversary" (30Sept-12Nov), Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester, UK

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

"Stimulus" (1-5Aug), Menier Gallery, London, UK

"Small World" (7Jul-12Aug), PS Mirabel, Manchester, UK

"Stimulus" (26-30 June), The Muncipal Art Gallery Of Piraeus, Athens, Greece

"Thoughts Become Art" (2 - 3 June), Baumhaus, Berlin, Germany

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

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


"therapy" solo show (2-30Oct), Didsbury Parsonage, Manchester, UK

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

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


"January exhibition" (Jan '16), Butterfly Fine Art gallery, Manchester, UK


"December exhibition" (Dec '15), Butterfly Fine Art gallery, Manchester, UK

“Human” (15Oct – 29 Nov ‘15), Sticks Gallery, Fareham, UK

"Mytholmroyd Open Exhibition" (16-17Oct), Mytholmroyd Arts Festival, Mytholmroyd, UK

"Shelf Live" (10Sept-10Oct), PS Mirabel, Manchester, UK

"It's ok - you don't have to like it." (24July), Track Brewing Co, Manchester, UK

'Whatever Floats Your Boat' (30April - 3 May'15), St Margaret Church, Whalley Range, Manchester, UK


'Figurative' Exhibition (6 Dec'14 - 6Jan'15) / Brazennose House, Manchester, UK

Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival (3Oct - 1Nov 2014) / Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington, UK

Free For All group exhibition (Free For Arts Festival) ( October 2014)/ Federation House, Manchester, UK

U R NOT INVITED / solo exhibition at Kosmonaut / Manchester / 4 September - 30 September

#SELFIE_SHOW-OFF / solo exhibition at People's History Museum / Manchester, UK / 17August - 15 September

Liverpool Biennial: COLONIZE REVISITED (10July-…) / Arena Gallery / Liverpool, UK

COLONIZE, Dykeman Young Gallery, Jamestown, New York, US

The Graduate Show, The Granary Art Gallery, Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, UK

Accelerate!, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, US

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

Neo:graduates show, neo:gallery22, Bolton, UK

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

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

NQ POP-UP, Shudehill Studios, Manchester, UK

Storm Thorgerson Tribute Installation, Sale High School, Manchester, UK

Manchester School of Art Degree Show, School of Art, Manchester, UK


Free Range, Kraak Gallery, Manchester, UK


The Secret Life, Link Gallery, Manchester, UK

Interactive Arts 1st Year Show, Interactive Arts Studio, MMU, Manchester, UK

Time-line Exhibition, Link Gallery, Manchester, UK


Manchester School of Art Degree Show, School of Art, Manchester, UK