About the artwork"Painting “icons” of a modern world is a part of my ongoing project in which I began to pursue the depiction of famous women. There is something of a sentimental desire to paint celebrities, historical, musical, fashion and artistic personages, icons and sex goddesses. I am not sure if it’s my fascination with the phenomenon of the strong female characters or simply the celebration of the effect one person can have on another.Among my depictions are Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Maria Callas, Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Harry, Louise Bourgeois, and Lady Gaga... Painted from magazines, newspapers, publicity photographs and from memory they are close-ups which I am rendering personally with my fingers.My portraits are like multilayered cocoons, profoundly intimate, sexual or innocent. Psychological topography, still glances, crucial in their expression is uncovered in layers of paint. Faces are like language, pulsing and inspiring. My portraits are my own personal form of communication. For me no subject is sacred. The role of provocative feelings, persuasion, as well as the human impulse to beautify, compels my works of art."
Katarzyna Gajewska is a Polish artist who was born in 1978 in Warsaw. She developed her practise while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and after graduating with a B.F.A she went onto study M.F.A.
Katarzyna states "Creating canvases laden with emotion and personal feelings are my necessity, obsession and addiction, my own insatiable appetite. Believing in instinct over reason, I am starting over with every painting. The relation between the value of colour and texture is my formula for expressing my vision. The effect of the feeling's complexity is doubled by the works of chaotic texture. Trying to contour human silhouette in a bold structure on the surface, I am exploring the physical expression of the theme. The paintings give direct attention to their own physicality and because of that, the human form emanates with psychological structure, driving to the insubstantial. Colour and texture are symbols."