Matylda Konecka’s illustrations are a delightful blend of fact and fantasy, blending inspiration from her childhood and homeland. Matylda originates from Szklarska Poręba – a tourist resort and art colony town in the Karkonosze Mountains, in south west Poland. Her mother Beata Kornicka- Konecka is a famous illustrator and graphic designer and her father Janusz Konecki is a renowned abstract painter.
Matylda graduated in Landscape Architecture from the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences but art was her passion and she moved to Scotland in 2010. She set up her art studio in a 19th century Victorian vicarage and then approached Edinburgh Arts – Scotlands largest Fine Art Publishers. The team there saw something very special in her work and within a few years she became one of Scotland’s best-selling illustrators. In 2016 she was listed as one of Poland’s top five female artists.
Today, Matylda lives in a village near Manchester with her husband, Paul Lawler, who is a composer for TV scores and trailers, and their dog Spot. She has been awarded prizes in several major competitions, and has had a number of individual and group exhibitions throughout Europe. She has also designed album covers for several well established musicians and bands. Latterly, she has also started to design book covers which is a special passion of hers.
Many of Matylda’s illustrations feature anthropomorphised animals and strange creatures set against a dreamy and sometimes thought provoking backdrop. Much of her art revolves around the sights of Edinburgh and the Scottish countryside, but always in keeping with her signature surrealist, fairytale aesthetic. In addition Matylda uses historical facts and folklore to set the scene, using her characters to animate the sentiment of the stories and creating titles that capture their feel. Her work appeals to all generations and on a global basis and unsurprisingly, her work makes people smile. Having the ability to generate emotions is the artist’s ideal – making that connection with the viewer that invokes feelings can be an elusive skill for many artists but Matylda has that ability in abundance.