Inside the Studio: Justyna Pennards-Sycz (Netherlands)


unnamed-6Justyna Pennards-Sycz

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
I’m inspired by nature, especially the indomitable, mysterious, and not fully discovered one. Nature is the sum of opposites such as: sequence and chaos, life and death, beauty and ugliness. Owing to that, it’s a perfect medium to talk about universal human truths, and characterize sensations of existing ideas and create new qualities. My paintings are full of analogies to the flora and fauna world, particularly with a marine background. For example, my series  “Tsunami” was created due to my fascination of a destructive power of the ocean: on the one hand it can’t be stopped by the death spectrum, on the other, it’s a binder which defines a framework for a new reality. The ocean, in turn, is an equivalent cycle in which I tried to subsume an idyllic mood of the sea.


The artist’s materials. 

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
The best advice was just to go to my studio and work, not to wait for the perfect conditions, sunny weather and a good mood. Inspiration is highly overrated. Artistic work consists in trial and error, and learning by doing. You just have to get into a flow while working and the secrets of the painting will unfold suddenly, as if somebody is showing them to you.


Justyna working on a painting in her studio. 

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I just can’t work in silence. Music emancipates me from all unnecessary emotions which I inevitably collect during the day. It is also a great motivator. When I feel overwhelmed I reach for French rock.


Galerie Absoluut Art Gallery, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2011).

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Peter Doig’s “Pelican (Stag).”


Justyna’s studio. 

Who are your favorite writers?
Haruki Murakami and T. C. Boyle.


Works in progress. 


“Physalia Physalia Learning to Fly #3”

japan 5

“Japan 5” 

back home

“Back Home”  


“Physalia Physalia Learning to Fly #4”  

ocean 2

“Ocean 2”


  1. Your studio looks amazing and i am very taken by the organic flow of Ocean 2. T.C. Boyle is one of my favorite author as well. The tortilla curtain and East is East are among my best reads…

    • justyna says:

      Hi Justine, I see we share not only the name but also the interests :-) I took a look at your website – and like “elswhere” very much. Elswhere is usually so much better than here and now… Thanks for your comment!

  2. Like it. Дуже цікаві роботи Justyna, бажаємо вам успіхів!

  3. Tyrone J. A. says:

    Beautiful and bright! Lovely work and awesome studio! Also a big fan of your answer to the ‘best advice’ question – I’m a newbie artist (teaching myself as I go) and I couldn’t agree more. Wonderful work :)

  4. Royce R.B. says:

    I find your work exciting and vibrant – love the loose bold brush work – full of movement and passion. Thanks for sharing – certainly a great admirer of your work. Cheers.

  5. Bonjour l’Artiste,

    Votre travail est passionnant et raffiné . Un Monde plein d’Harmonie et de fascination… Bonne chance.

  6. Alma Sheik says:

    Living and working in Lucca Italy for more than 20years. your paintings looks very exiting, this

  7. Emre B says:

    Wow. Nice work.

    I would almost kill to have such a space for myself.

    Unfortunately I don’t have the money to support myself as an artist.

    Good luck with your work!

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