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Magdalena Scholle: The Culture of Tea and Coffee

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About the artist

Magdalena ScholleMagdalena Scholle, née Czubak, was born and educated in Poland. In 2005 she earned her PhD in Religious studies at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw, where she joined the faculty as an assistant professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. In 2010 she married an American and moved with her husband to Raleigh, NC. The exchange of her academic career in Poland for an unwritten American journey led to Magdalena becoming an artist. In 2013 she enrolled in her first courses at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has found some early success placing annually in the juried art competition at the North Carolina State Fair from 2014 through 2018. Magdalena’s art has also been recognized at several of the Academy of Art University’s art shows. In 2017 her painting, Honey Lemon Tea, won Best Online Still Life at the Academy of Art University’s Spring Show. She continues to be inspired by the Medieval mystics, and she now feels she may have found a means to pursue philosophy through art. Her current project is a series of representational still-life oil paintings, which examine the culture of tea and coffee.

For more information about Magdalena and her work, visit her website.

  • Mint Tea
    Mint Tea

    Oil painting on canvas (20 x 20 in) 2017

  • Turkish Coffee
    Turkish Coffee

    Oil painting on canvas (20 x 20 in) 2017

  • Cappuccino
    Cappuccino

    Oil painting on canvas (12 x 24 in) 2017

  • Honey Lemon Tea
    Honey Lemon Tea

    Oil painting on canvas (18 x 24 in) 2017

  • Halloween Spice Tea
    Halloween Spice Tea

    Oil painting on canvas (16 x 20 in) 2017

  • Irish Coffee
    Irish Coffee

    Oil painting on canvas (16 x 20 in) 2017

  • Chinese Tea
    Chinese Tea

    Oil painting on canvas (14 x 18 in) 2016

  • Looking for a Cup of Coffee
    Looking for a Cup of Coffee

    Oil painting on canvas (18 x 24 in) 2018

Artist Statement

My current project is a series of representational still life oil paintings, which examine the culture of tea and coffee. The subject is closely connected to my personal history and influenced by my enjoyment of these two drinks. Tea and coffee have been my companions at various stages of my life, and I cannot imagine my years of studying and teaching philosophy, and more recently building up my art skills without them. In my works, I explore the preparation, serving, and consumption of these beverages. I also aim to bring to mind the ways they can stimulate imagination when we are alone, or conversation when we gather with friends.

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