Katarzyna Gajewska is an award winning artist born in Warsaw, Poland and has lived in Ireland for several years. Educated in Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Gajewska is a profound painter on a mission to capture in-between realities of the human condition. Becoming an artist was a natural decision, as she grew up surrounded by paintings, poetry and sculptures. Both her parents were greatly involved in literature and visual art.
She describes her work as: ‘looking for human simplicity and complexity in the same way. I am trying to catch the casual feelings, naked and defenseless in their realism and then with understanding and patience I start to build portraits’.
Gajewska’s multi layered paintings are certainly successful in portraying contradictory traits of the self. They are both romantic and brutal. She uses the word ‘build’ to describe her process this is certainly what Gajewska does so well. She makes layers upon layers, mostly with her hands, pushing and pulling the image until it is enough of both sides of the self to capture this curious inbetweeness she is fascinated with.
Gajewska captures the faces of Loie Fuller, Anais Nin, Marcel Duchamp, Bettie Page and Captain Spaulding in a series of portraits she has been painting in recent years. She describes her process as ‘grouping together like minded souls, artists, popstars, sex goddesses, working around the idea of poets and outsiders, I am showing characters that I admire’. The energetic portraits uniquely remind us of the great people the artist is inspired by.
Gajewska’s work have been exhibited widely including solo exhibitions in Gallery Chimera, Warsaw, Gallery Le Madame, Warsaw, Origin Gallery, Dublin, Cavan Arts Office, Co. Cavan, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare, Droichead Arts Cente, Co. Dublin and Sol Art Gallery, Dublin.