D.O.M. (Dominika Zurawska) was born in Bydgoszcz Poland in 1982, her father Ireneusz Koplinski was a machine technician and her mother, Violetta Goscinska worked as a dental assistant. Dom has one brother Remingiusz born in 1987. As a child she loved art, she found solitary pleasure in colours, patterns and making shapes and drawing anywhere she could, the steam on the windows, the snow on the ground, the sand at the beach and anywhere she could use her pencils, chalk and pens. One of her favorite early artistic memory is being in her paternal aunts house, Marzena, who was an artist, watching her work and being able to help her tidy up and clean her brushes, the smell of the turpentine still brings a warm smile to Dom’s face to this day.Dominika graduated from The High School of Art in Bydgoszcz before studying at The Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. Studying here brought many hopes and dreams alive, it also brought many challenges, Dominika was told that her painting would never be successful and she should only concentrate on sculpture. She clashed with the Dean of The Academy over this and it made her more determined than ever to prove herself. To finance her studies at The Academy Dom worked few jobs but her favorite and most colourful had to be at The Green Goose Cafe, a cafe-bar near to The Academy which was full of free spirited students with a maverick outlook on life. The Green Goose is where Dom first allowed herself to be herself, she danced, sang, drank, worked and made many lifelong friends. The Green Goose allowed artists to stage exhibitions and so Dom’s first exhibition happened here, it was a roaring success, she sold all her work in one night, and this demonstrated to Dom what she already knew in her heart, that her future was in painting. When the Dean found out about the exhibition he demanded that the proceeds must be given to The Academy. ‘Absolutely not’ was Dom’s reply to this, a war of wills was born which nobody really won, They never received the money and Dom ended her education at The Academy earlier than she hoped. She won Poznan Artist of the Year in 2005, prior to leaving The Academy of fine Arts in 2005. Dom travelled, taking jobs anywhere she could, bars, clubs and restaurants, meeting people who would become inspiration for her as a person and for her art. She has many fond memories of this time and especially of Crete. Her family moved from Poland to England in 2006 due to the worsening job situation. Her Brother Studied Mathematics and Actuarial Science from 2008 until he graduated in 2011, he now works in Edinburgh as an Associate Director within Product Management. Dom continues to have a loving and close relationship with her baby brother.
Dom settled in Manchester where she worked in various jobs and at this time her art was put on hold due to work and time constraints. She met Pawel Zurawski, a paramedic in 2009, they met, fell in love and married within 3 months, and moved to Paisley, Scotland. In 2013 their son Leon was born. In 2014 the decision was made that Dom should pursue her dreams and become a full time artist.Described by Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art as ‘exploring the spontaneity and drama of women in the world. The visual intensity and psychological drama in Dominika’s superb art captures the excitement and visceral mystique of the female silhouette. Her impassioned brushstrokes create a sensuous and unique artistic vision with a profound sensitivity and powerful interplay of light - the emotional and physical experience of women.’ ’My art is expressive, dynamic and unapologetically loud. I transfer my thoughts and feelings straight onto the canvas and use strong contrasting colours to show energy, emotion and exuberance.’ She has since sold to private collectors in Australia, Germany, Greece, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom. A painting of the singer Madonna, by whose strength and innovation Dominika is inspired, won approval from the celebrity herself, and has recently been delivered to her home in New York. Following on from her recent win of the Society of Women Artists Caron Keating Memorial Award, Dominika took part in Art Fair at Parallax London 2015 and Art Below, London 2015, Aberdeen Art Fair 2015, Edinburgh Art Fair 2015, Glasgow Art Fair 2016 and international group exhibition in Tuscany (Italy) 2015. Recently she also won Special Recognition Award for Exceptional Art in San Francisco (USA) and been announced a winner of International Contemporary Masters in Santa Barbara (USA). In 2015 she won a place at InCube in Paisley, Scotland, an incubator hub for promising new artists and designers. Forthcoming exhibitions of her work are already booked for Edinburgh Art fair 2016, Aberdeen Art Fair 2016, Chester Art Fair 2016 and Barcelona Art Fair 2016. In 2017 D.O.M.’s art work will also be exhibited for the first time in Vienna, Lisbon, New York and Australia. ‘To be one woman, you must be every woman. I try to capture women’s complexity, power, passion and form using bold colours and brush strokes. I follow instinct and intuition and back them up with technique. I sit in front of a new canvas and, when inspiration strikes, I express my thoughts and feelings in colour; working until the model’s image takes centre place and expresses her verve and her victory”.
My first sight of 'Rebel' was at the Aberdeen Arts Fair earlier this month. It was displayed proudly on the stage alongside 'Icon' causing much comment and picture taking as they certainly had that 'Wow' factor and were a standout for me at the Fair. Even though I had not come across the Artist 'DOM' before, certainly her paintings left a big impression on me - especially 'Rebel', with its vibrant colours and great composition. After some research I decided to purchase a painting by this obviously talented Artist and after much deliberation finally settled on the piece that grabbed my attention at the start - 'Rebel' which was now being displayed by Enid Hutt Gallery in Aberdeen. I am an Art fan but by no means an expert, however, in my opinion D.O.M. will only go from strength to strength in the coming years and my investment could prove to be one of my best purchases ever. Having just met Dominika , as well as being a talented Artist , she is also a very interesting and genuinely nice person confirming what a good decision it was to own a 'DOM' .
"I first came across Dominika's work at the Parallax Art fair in Chelsea town hall, her bold, colourful paintings really stood out from the crowd. It was a spontaneous decision to want to own one. I think her spirited vision of the world is quite unique”.
"Dominika's paintings instantly impress - they are full of passion & emotion using vibrant colours and bold themes - absolutely fantastic"
Bob Davidson, Chief Exec' Renfrewshire Chamber
I took part in the amazing no filter photography project and then I saw the images that Dominika created of a couple of the woman that were also involved in this amazing adventure. The images had an immediate visceral experience for me with the way she had captured them and particularly the use of colour. It was an abstract feeling with the realism that you could tell who it was. I was So very excited that she agreed to paint my image as well. The result Amazed me. She had asked me what my favourite colour was and of course it’s red so that featured highly and it was my essence that she captured. I Loved that she included a tiny bit of poetry that had deeply resonated with me as well. She hadn’t met me and from a photograph she had really got me. It is the smile and the look in the eyes. This painting hangs in my hall so it is one of the first things I see when I come in my home – this Goddess Smiling at me! If I feel a bit run down this Goddess reminds me of who I really am. I am Delighted to own a True Original piece of art by this Incredibly talented, wonderful woman - I adore her work and Love seeing what she is producing next. I Highly recommend her commissions to Anyone.
I'm not a great fan of photos of myself, and would never put one up on the wall of my house. But when I got my portrait (birthday gift from my sister), I immediately fell in love with it. It now hangs proudly in my living room and always attracts interest, admiration and a little bit of jealousy of all of my guests.
We wanted a 21st birthday momento for our beautiful daughter that would last forever. We saw Dominika's work and thought it was amazing. She captured Maria perfectly. The wonderful portrait for our daughter's 21 St Birthday is the perfect blend of Maria's expression and Dominika's unique style.
I have been painted by Dominika on several occasions as part of multiple collections and have also purchased the first piece she painted of me, as I loved it so much. Dominika is a highly talented and professional artist, using the art of expression in all of her paintings to give them a realistic look. The colours used in her paintings bring out the emotion of each woman painted, giving each of them their own character. All that can be said about her creativity is that there is professionalism in every brush stroke and she shows her passion for feminine features and personality in every piece. I would describe her as one of the most inspirational artists I know of, as she has made her successes through nothing but talent and an awareness of expression and feeling.
Colourful, brave, interesting and heart-catching – these words do not only describe the paintings of Dominika Zurawska (the name behind Dom Art), but also herself as an artist. We had the immense pleasure of meeting Dominika in person while visiting her workshop in Scotland. The intention for the visit was to buy a painting for a wedding gift for our friends. But after seeing the artwork live and spending some time with Dominika – we decided to buy a painting for ourselves. And in this way we have become the proud owners of the very powerful and energetic “Joan of Arc”, which is a beautiful piece of art enlightening our home. We wish Dominika all the best in the future and recommend her art to all people who enjoy beauty.
Truly grateful, Aleksandra and Michal
It's really good, loads of attitude and atmosphere.....it comes from the eyes in all your paintings. They work so well because when you look at them and make a connection through the eyes, the rest of painting can be a bit abstract and funky as your brain fills in the gaps and that makes it a personal connection.
Her ocean deep eyes and weathered soft face convey steal resolve
Heartache of recent memories, a life that should not, surely could not exist
Yet faith remains, intact; willpower, wearily depleted, ready to carry on
Through soft touch gripped tight, another numbing unforgiving day
Her beauty, evident under scars their worlds inflicted
A cross too hard to bear, but one still carried
Repeating without pity, heaving heavily on a once pristine body
Ruined and tarnished, a virgin temple crushed but not destroyed
Her silent cry, a hollow voice echoes: her soul; her land; her faith
“To have, not to hold”
Forgiveness strengthens resolve, performing duty until set free
Unselfishly rising, helping others who see no light, no future, no god.