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Interview with Artist Karina Jambrak

We chat to Australian artist Karina Jambrak. This interview first appeared in issue 1 of our home and interiors magazine, ele HOME.

Tell us a bit about your yourself?

I am a coffee fuelled, nature & pattern loving, interior design obsessed graphic designer, artist, wife and mum of two (Ivy 6 and Beau 3) based in Sydney, Australia.

I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember. For me, there is nothing better than bringing happiness to peoples’ homes through art — so in 2019, after 13 years of working in design and an unfortunate series of events personally and professionally that happened to our family in 2018, I decided to go back to my roots and embark on a journey of selling my art. Since then I haven’t looked back and am I’m loving every minute of this experience.

Artist Karina Jambrak

Where are you based?

I’m based on the East Coast of Sydney Australia.

How would you describe your creative style and mediums?

I create my hand-drawn works with copic markers and create my paintings with acrylic polymer emulsion. I would describe my style as a blend of fantasy and reality… a little Boho, a little Jungle, and a little Coastal inspired.

How did you begin your career?

The first amount of money I ever earned was from selling artworks at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach markets back in 2001 when I was 17. Throughout university I painted for an art wholesaler who would order a certain amount of paintings from me per month.

In 2005 I graduated from the University of NSW, College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Design majoring in Textile and Graphic Design. Since then I have pursued a design career combining my artistic ability with graphic skills. I have also worked in marketing and digital media.

My unique approach to art and design has led me to work with iconic Australian companies such as Adairs, Kollab, Greenhouse Interiors, Nakula, Ravesi’s, Mambo, Tigerlily & Westpac.

Who and what inspires you?

Colours, patterns and forms in nature are my biggest source of inspiration.

What do you love about your work?

I love that my work brings warmth into peoples’ homes and transports them to a place away from the chaos of everyday life.

Images: Leif Prenzlau for Adairs.

Want more? Click here for Interior Stylist Jessi Deakin’s Coastal Home and here for our interview with artist Dina Broadhurst.

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