About

Basia Roszak left her roots in Poland and emigrated to Canada, then moved to UK. She has been residing in Glasgow, Scotland, since 1998. She attempts to bring this multicultural experience to life in her work. Basia is a full-time artist, working in both traditional media (oils, watercolors/ink) and new media (computer animation, computer graphic design). Academically, she has HND in Graphic Design, and BSC (with distinction) in Media Technology, Digital Art.

Basia’s work speaks a universal language and touches the spirit of art lovers across the globe. Currently, her work appear in collections in Canada, USA, Great Britain, France, Poland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Ireland, and Australia.

Her art reflects the ordinary imagery of life, in an extraordinary way. Her dreamlike portraits give us a glimpse of people passed by on the rainy Scottish streets, people met in the underground, or remembered from crowded cafes. Basia believes that images are quite subjective unless, of course, the image evokes a strong emotion or lifts someone’s spirit; then the image conveys a special message. Her ink/watercolour employs masterful use of line and colour. Her oils draw us in with subtle blends of hues, the introspection of her subjects, and occasional whimsical or dream-inspired elements. She captures poignant emotion in her character’s facial and body expressions. Basia’s work is visionary, fresh, and powerfully evocative.

– Dennis Leahy

An old woman trudges along a street with her umbrella up in a painting that captures the essence of a wet day in Glasgow. It’s a scene every Glaswegian knows only too well but the artist is not from Toryglen or Tollcross, she’s from the Polish city of Torun. And while our weather may throw many of us into despair, for Basia Roszak the dreary weather is wonderful. …’

– Sheila Hamilton, ‘Evening Times’,

‘Przygladanie sie ludziom i ich emocjom, a nastepnie przekladanie tego na plotno stalo sie pasja zycia Basi Roszak…(..)..a jej obrazy potrafia zachwycic..’

-‘Gazeta Krakowska’

‘…malowane przez nia sylwetki wystepuja razem, pozostaja jednak samotne..(..)..

– ‘TEMI’

Galleries in UK where you can find my art:

  • Castle Gallery,43 Castle St, Inverness IV2 3DU
  • Coast Art Gallery Dunbar, UK
  • Dockside Gallery, Tweedmouth TD15 2AA
  • Moy Mackay Gallery, Peebbles, EH45 8RX
  • The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1AN
  • ARTifex Contemporary Art Gallery, The Mitchell Centre, Birmingham, B75 6NA
  • The Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh, EH3 5AL
  • Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh, EH3 6JN
  • ARTeries Gallery, Glasgow, G2 4JX
  • Stirling Art, Stirling, UK
  • Dancing Light Gallery, West Linton EH46 7BB

Other galleries in UK where my art was displayed :

  • The Bute Gallery, Isle of Bute
  • Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh, EH10 4BY
  • Thistle Gallery Scottish Contemporary Art, Glasgow, G4 9JF
  • The Schoolhouse Art Galleries, Dornie, IV40 8EH
  • Velvet Gallery, Prtobello Edinburgh
  • Eduardo Alessandro Studios, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2BJ
  • Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen, AB10 1XD
  • The Strathearn Gallery, Crieff, PH7 4DL
  • Fotheringham  Gallery, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4HS
  • Beresford Gallery, Ayr, KA7 2EG
  • Glasgow University, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
  • i2 Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JQ
  • The Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld, PH8 0AR
  • Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow, G1 5RJ
  • Nancy Smillie Gallery, Glasgow, G4 9JA
  • Stirling Art, Stirling, UK
  • Riverside Gallery, Essex

Exhibitions and Art Fairs in UK where my art was displayed:

  • Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, 2009-2018
  • The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2013, 2015 & 2017
  • Heinzel Gallery exhibitions: 5 persons show, 2009 & Christmas Show, 2008
  • The Scottish Contemporary Art Sale, Glasgow, 2008-2017
  • Art Fair, London, 2010 & 2011
  • Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow, 2010
  • Paisley Art Institute annual exhibition, Paisley, 2009 & 2010
  • Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, annual exhibition at the Mitchell, Glasgow, 2009 & 2010
  • Art Liberating Lives Exhibition, Aberdeen, 2008
  • Art Exhibition: Images of Grace, Glasgow, 2008
  • IAG, Fine Art Gallery, Rugby, 2008
  • Kelvingrove Museum Exhibition, Glasgow, 2007
  • Polish Art Scotland, Edinburgh, 2007
  • Tartan Gallery Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2007
  • Fine Art Exhibition, Nottingham, 2007
  • Visual Arts Scotland annual exhibition, Edinburgh, 2006
  • Holmwood House: Studio West, 4 persons show, Glasgow 2003

My solo exhibitions in UK and abroad:

  • Dwor Artusa, Torun, Poland, May 2017
  • Malopolska Galeria Sztuki, Gorlice, Poland, July 2008
  • Tarnovia Art Gallery, Tarnow, Poland, February 2005
  • Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Tarnow, Poland, January 2005
  • ‘How I wish’ at Adeline’s Gallery, Duluth, USA, October 2004
  • ‘Decorative Art’ at Hillhead Library, Glasgow, October 2004
  • Solo exhibition at Cassachok Cafe and Gallery, Glasgow 2003

Poem: Oczami spojrzenia

Wszyscy pelni zastanowienia
spokojni i smutni,
wygladaja z jej obrazów,

Jakby troche zrezygnowani
a takze leniwi
gdzies wsparci na dloniach
z wyciszonym wzrokiem
wpatrzonym zupelnie poza
ogladajacego i jego tlo,

I to przedstawienie kilku nagich pan
i tych zwiewnie odzianych dzierlatek
w dziwnej pozie niesmialosci
w krzyku ich cielesnosci,
z nieokreslonym splotem dloni
jakby w tancu z poczatkiem swiata
i jakby w zdumieniu z jego powodu,

Nawet jej kwiaty
róze na fioletowym ekranie plótna
wyrastaja osobno
we wspólnym kolorze emigracji
sa piekna caloscia
w oczach ogladajacego.

wiersz dedykuje
Basi Roszak
01-luty-2005

Piotr Wroblewski