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Sacrum

All Saints

This series of drawings is inspired by medieval classical religious art and dedicated to male and female Saints who came before us. Their words and actions remind us of love, faith and sanctity, and inspire us to follow their paths and strive for goodness. As gifts, for example for a christening, birthday or wedding, these artworks convey warmth and goodwill through the image of a Saint chosen by the giver. Hung on one’s own wall, they help to remind us every day of the wisdom and beauty of God’s universe.

Woman portraits

I present here my portrait paintings. I work using old techniques of Flemish painting, a complex system involving many transparent and translucent layers of paint, allowing for a sense of saturation, depth and a glow of light from within the picture. This creates an aura of mystery and sanctity. I am inspired by early medieval religious painting, with its deft simplicity and seeming unreality, which form a certain barrier between us simple mortals and the Saints. A similar principle is at work in Eastern icon painting. At the same time, I try to include a contemporary element in my art, to reveal something new, to create portraits that are not merely images of Saints from long ago, but speak to us in the here and now.

 Book illustration

I graduated from the Graphics Faculty at the Warsaw Fine Art Academy, and I adore book illustration. One of my dreams is to provide illustrations for an original children’s book, so I am always open to any ideas and projects.

Animals

Painting series about Nubbins real life

I create a few images of rabbits, and as they are known to do, the creatures start to multiply and soon our entire home is filled with bunnies which fly, sing, dance and read.
My son Dominic considers them to be much more interesting artworks than those serious portraits, especially when they feature planes, cars or both.
The animals allow me a bit more freedom to express myself in a playful, and therefore safe, manner.

Still Life

 Year by Year

2018 

My work more and more includes religious art. Now I pay more attention to technique. I admire the harmony of the Renaissance era, and use old painting techniques to achieve depth and magic in the picture to apply ideas from drawing and engraving to painted works, mixing techniques and discovering new effects.

Exhibitions that year include:
• DENNITSA. Festival der Kunst aus dem postsowjetischen Raum, Berlin, Germany

2017  

Now we live in Berlin. The most amazing city of all where I was lucky enough to live.
Our sons, Dominic and Gabriel, are big and indepedent now. And now I can (almost) focus on my art.

Exhibitions that year include:
• DrobsKunst Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2016  

Exhibitions that year include:
• Gutman-Art, Naive Kunst – Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2015  

I find myself wanting to embark on something more light-hearted than the portraits that I have concentrated on in recent years. I create a few images of rabbits, and as they are known to do, the creatures start to multiply and soon our entire home is filled with bunnies which fly, sing, dance and read. Dominic considers them to be much more interesting artworks than those serious portraits, especially when they feature planes, cars or both. This series, which also runs into 2015, can ve viewed here.
The animals allow me a bit more freedom to express myself in a playful, and therefore safe, manner.

Exhibitions that year include:
• Gutman-Art, Naive Kunst – Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2014 

I am completely immersed in female portraits, invigorated by motherhood and a gradually growing reputation. By the end of the year, I finish the painting series Acta Botanica, a “book” about women and plants. This is a reflection on modernity and tradition, on the forgotten medicinal qualities of herbs, and on the fact that it was often women who knew how to apply natural remedies. It is a story about stories passed down from generation to generation. Finally, it is simultaneously a very personal confession and a universal tale; a serious contemplation on the world and a lighthearted moment of play.

Exhibitions that year include:
• Royal College of Art, London, UK
• Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA
• Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, UK
• ArtWorks, Michaelhouse, Cambridge, UK

2013  

In the first half of the year, I am on maternity leave. As my agent warned me, I spend all my time in wonder at little Dominic, not working – although this does allow me to reinvigorate photography as an avenue for expression. In the second half of the year, I begin to paint again, sometimes with Dominic.

Exhibitions that year include: 
• “STRARTA”, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
• Тutto Un-Museo Su Una-Parete, Centro d’arte Vista, Rome, Italy
• “Art is the Word”, The Bank Art Centre, Eye, Suffolk, UK
• TAArt, Temple Meads, Bristol, UK
• New Chelsea Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London, UK
• Easter Show, Carina Haslam Art Gallery, Missenden, Bucks, UK
• Individual Exhibition, King’s Art Centre, Cambridge, UK

2012  

In July 2012 our first child is born. The nine months of pregnancy certainly leave their mark on my art. I create a large range of female portraits, and work with Slavic traditions of cross-stitch – an exploration of femininity, roots and traditions.

Exhibitions that year include: 
• Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
• Carina Haslam Art, Summer Exhibition, Missenden, UK
• “Fairytale”, i2 Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, UK
• Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, UK

2011  

In Autumn 2010, my husband and I move to Cambridge, where he begins his doctorate. I have a beautiful studio and unlimited time for creative pursuits.

Exhibitions that year include:
• Il Museo su una parete. Ar(T)cevia, Jesi, Arcevia (Ancona), Italy
• Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
• Individual Exhibition, i2 Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, UK
• Individual Exhibition “What is Belarus?”, King’s Art Centre, Cambridge, UK

2010-2007

In 2007 I having won a place on the Scholarship Programme of the Culture Minister of Poland “Gaude Polonia”. I carry out a Photographic Media Project entitled “LIFE transIT”, realised in “WRO” Media Arts Centre in Wrocław.

In 2009 and 2010 I study at the Warsaw School of Photography and in 2010 gradueted the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Graphic Arts. I begin to gradually move away from graphic design and advertising, in which I had worked previously. This is a time of trying out new techniques and media (including analogue and digital photography, printmaking, and of course, painting.) I spend two great years experimenting. Works from this period can be seen in the Photography and Drawing and Etching sections of this website.

Exhibitions that year include:
2009-2010 Print series “Here/Now or Nowhere?”, Poland
2007 Scholarship Programme of the Culture Minister of Poland “Gaude Polonia” – Photographic Media Project “LIFE transIT”, realised in “WRO” Media Arts Centre, Wrocław, Poland