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12 ARTIST PROFILE Katarzyna Gajewska

There is a language of flowers, 2016 acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100 cm

Wonferful Times, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 100 cm

Katarzyna Gajewska


he last five years have seen a shift in Polish artist Katarzyna Gajewska’s painting process. While previously creating work based on ‘prosthetic memory’ as a spectator to events and experiences, it is now her own memories and experiences which are inspiring new works. Working with mixed media on canvas she creates expressive pieces which use colour as a new visual language, with bright pinks and oranges framing faceless, twisting bodies; masked and anonymous. The artist also works with acrylic on paper, sometimes painting abstract and figurative compositions directly onto sheets of newspaper. Collage is also an important part of her process as she pieces

together slices of contrasting narrative, draping dissonance between new and recycled; painting over new surfaces subsequently as in an endless circle of life. Based in Warsaw in Poland, Gajewska’s exhibiting credits include many solo shows in Dublin, Ireland as well as the UK and Poland, as well as group shows across the world with her work held in private collections in Ireland, England, Germany, the United States and Switzerland.

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