Kitchen, Vigna San Martino
Oil on canvas 2012 70 × 85cm
Paul Sakoilsky is an East London based artist and writer. Between 1994-2002 he was a curator and had his studio at 30 Underwood St Gallery, one of the first galleries to open in the Shoreditch area. In 2010, he helped found the Red Gallery, and co-curated ‘East End Promise: A Story of Cultural Migrants 1987-2000’, a landmark historical exhibition at Londonewcastle Project Space, which charted the artistic and cultural explosion that began in the early 90’s in London’s East End. He works in a wide variety of media but with an emphasis on painting, performance and poetry. He is best known for The Dark Times project (2006 onwards), Kunst Clown performance series and London paintings.
Sakoilsky’s artworks proclaim freedom in the possibility of envisioning a world different from the one we inhabit. In 2010, he was in Naples to participate in Hermann Nitsch’s ‘130th action’ at the foundation’s Museo Nitsch - while there writing the poem ’Napoli’. In ’11 he returned to recite the poem and perform ‘Kunst Clown: Just Deserts’ at ‘Speculum Celestiale: Dialectics of The Natural’ performance festival organised by E.M. Arts / Fondazione Morra, during the summer solstice in the spectacular setting of Vigna San Martino. The reading/performance took place in tandem with Austrian artist, Paul Renner’s ‘Devil’s Banquet’, as the finale of the festival. In 2012, he had a residency in Naples with the foundation, painting a series of canvasses including ‘Kitchen, Vigna San Martino’.