Krystyna Shackleton Dzieszko

1947 – 2010

Krystyna was a member of East London Printmakers from very soon after it was set up in 1998. She was a regular exhibitor and was enthusiastically involved in many aspects of ELP life. Her work was understated and multi-layered and rewarded more than just a casual glance.

In her own words:

“Printmaking is an integral part of my working process. Using silkscreen, stencilling and photographic methods combined with various media, I create two and three dimensional works on the themes of identity, memory, and a sense of place.”

Krystyna was British born of Anglo-Polish origin. She lived and worked in London and was a part of SPACE studios from 1984 onwards. This richness of her dual heritage provided ‘a constant source of inspiration and innovation’ in her work. After studying at St Martin’s and Manchester Schools of Art and Manchester Poly, Krystyna began teaching in 1971 and joined the Camden Arts Centre in this capacity in 1978. She continued to lecture there until the early 1990s subsequently beoming a part-time tutor in several North London colleges, including Harrow College and Hampstead School of Art.

Krystyna’s work was exhibited worldwide. Exhibitions in the UK included an Arts Council Tour.

Her work is included in many private collections and in the permanent collections of the National Museum Warsaw and the V&A in London.