Katarzyna paints distant views of landscapes peppered with buildings. Water or valleys may divide the dwellings, yet they are all connected by the echoing shapes and restful hues of her palette. A foreground detailed with wild flowers accentuates the perspective planes and graphic lines suggest paths and boundaries.
She is also inspired by an ever growing collection of vintage and contemporary ceramics and decorative objects of interest purchased from flea markets or charity shops. It’s all about colour and pattern as a language, which she reflects in her work.
Katarzyna says, ‘My Polish heritage surfaces in my work; my naive, pattern-based painting evolving from the folk art tradition. A recent exploration of the homelands of my family has inspired my latest body of work. Tracing the steps of my forebears, I saw the simple wooden houses, once brightly coloured and decorated and heard stories of wolves and forests, the winter freeze and storks in Spring. These visual images now enrich my simple and almost fairy-tale landscapes and still life’s.’
Katarzyna studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in London and received a travel bursary to study Fine Art at the Warsaw Academy of Arts in Poland. She have worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, textile designer and FE tutor. Her clients have included M&S, The Observer Magazine, Harvey Nichols, The Sunday Times, Usborne Publishing, the BBC, Liberty and Macy’s.’