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Artist and Illustrator Daria Hlazatova

Daria Hlazatova is an artist and illustrator who grew up a little town near the Carpathians. She has worked with various magazines and music labels including Subpop and Sony and is a member of PRISMA artist collective.

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‘Art for me has always been about complete freedom, a cornucopia of dreams and emotions, situations, faces and thoughts that can be filtered through oneself into a piece of work. Art within me is rather rebellious and is always wanting to get out. Being a self-taught artist/illustrator has given me the privilege to disregard the rules and approach the drawing naturally. I love to be ruled by the subconscious when looking for ideas. I think this approach is best expressed through the advice of Samuel Beckett ‘to dance first and think later.’ In my case it’s ‘draw first and don’t analyze.’

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‘My work is largely inspired by travel, books, and music, which has been with me since early childhood. I listened to my parents’ old tapes of The Beatles and Rolling Stones, somehow doodling, singing and dancing simultaneously, which I am afraid didn’t produce any worthy drawings, but I kept on doing it passionately and determinedly. It was about 4 years ago that my work saw the light after being stacked in the drawers for a long time.’

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‘Meeting wonderful people of The Avery Hill Publishing and releasing my first little book with them was the highlight of the year. A is for Amos is an A to Z collection of portraits of musicians that have at different times in my life influenced my work and inspired me in a way. The diversity of the musical artists featured in the book I am sure will allow everyone to find a favourite letter: Tchaikovsky stands next to Underworld here. It was a joy to draw and a challenge to choose whom to feature as I eventually had to leave out so many (New Order! Cure!) but perhaps the sequel will follow some day.’

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‘Currently I am producing work for my solo show this summer, which unsurprisingly will be connected with music. I have a guitar to paint, an illustration to complete, an animation to make, and a hundred or so personal projects to start on, which should be fun!’

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