Preslav Kostov is a London based artist whose work engages with the intricacies of identity and the immigrant experience. Employing the technique of automatism, Kostov’s paintings emerge from a cumulative process of self-questioning.
Kostov's imposing compositions dialog with the form and palette of the old master painters, presenting imagined scenes of discovered narratives situated within a liminal realm. His works speak to the enduring reality of human experience while rejecting association with any particular moment in time.
Presenting anonymous ghost-like figures unconnected to any singular narrative or experience, his subjects inhabit a realm untethered from worldly possessions or cultural signifiers. The tangled forms, with their alluring asymmetry, evoke a melancholic isolation inviting the viewer to contemplate the complexities of the human condition.
He is a recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Award (2021 & 2023).​​​​​



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

ArtSG - Gallery Vacancy (2024)
New Now - Guts Gallery (2023)
Manifest - SixtySix London (2023)
Touch-a-touch-a-touch-me - Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery (2023)
From The Cloud - Baert Gallery (2023)
Skin Deep - Studio West Gallery (2023)
A consciousness harnessed to flesh - D contemporary (2023)
Now introducing 2022 - Studio West Gallery (2022)
”Proserpina” duo show with Henry Baker - Apiary Studios (2022)


EDUCATION

Royal College of Art (2021 - 2023)
Leeds Arts University (2017 - 2020)
Royal Drawing School (2016 - 2017)
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