Katarzyna Gajewska

Warszawa, Poland / Ireland
The relation between painting and imagination, eroticism; dreams all have been always a constant theme for me. The abiding theme is the human condition, explored through painting. It is the relationship, the struggle and fragility of feelings that inspire me. Self destructive love, imagination, mystery, compulsiveness, addiction, insecurity, mistrust, tragedy, continuity, dream, safeness, fear, cold, hot, night, day, peace, trap – it is a journey of pleasures and terrors. What I am telling is a story about dark and private theatre, which is reaching the subconscious roots of the human condition. A massive expanse of rich colour is exposing the raw vitality of the mind. In layering of both figurative and abstract elements, I am making a combination of visual clichés from dreams and stories from childhood; stories that kept us dry mouthed, stories which help to tackle issues of identity. I am playing with beauty and the expanse of dreams through heavily applying paint and creating textural landscape.
By searching for freedom from reality, utilizing automatic techniques and careful study, I am exploring physical expression of emotion and the fundamental themes of life.

place & year of birth
Warsaw, Poland, 1978

featured galleries
Origin Gallery, Dublin

1998 Graduated with the title of Artist-Exhibitor at State Secondary Art School in Warsaw
2003 Graduated with B.F.A at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
2005 Graduated with M.F.A at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

solo exhibitions
2007 “Face’ography”, the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland
2007 “In the Name of the Feelings”, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow,
2007 “Based on Dreams” Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
2007 “Pleasures and Terrors” the Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum, Co. Dublin, Ireland
2007 “Paintolepsy” Droichead Arts Centre, Co.Dublin, Ireland 2007 “Letters from All Seasons” Cavan Arts Office, Co. Cavan, Ireland
2008 “La Vie en Rose”, Origin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2010 Angels with Dirty Feet, Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2010 Icons, Origin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2011 Vogue Icons, Carrie Neely Fine Arts, Belfast, United Kingdom
2011 Pleasures and Terrors II, Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

group exhibitions
2006 “In the Frame”, Siopa Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland 2006 “12 female artists”, Buckley & Associates Fine Art, Co. Cork, Ireland 2006 Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland
2007 Project Arts Centre, Filmbase, Dublin, Ireland 2007 Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2007 AMO Public Art Exhibition, IFI, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
2008 Between Dreams and Documentation”; the Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland
2006/07/08 Hallward Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2008 Auction, United Chinese Federation of Ireland
2008 'What Lies Beneath', Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin
2009, Figures and Portraits, Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin,Ireland
2009, Buckley Fine Arts, Co Cork, Ireland
2009, Big Bangs / Small Bucks II, group exhibition, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, USA
2011, SolArt Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

“Katarzyna Gajewska - Art of Happiness”, Hiro Magazine, February 2007
“Painting – releasing activity”, Rita Baum, issue 11, ISSN 1429-852X, index 366129, Autumn, 2007
“It’s all in her hands”, Metro Éireann, June 21, 2007
“Artist in Residence”, Words Cian Fitzsimons, Synergie Magazine, Spring 2008

2004-2005 Ministry of Culture Scholarship, Poland
Residency Award Cill Rialaig Project Co. Kerry, Summer 2005 Residency Award Cill Rialaig Project Co. Kerry, December 2005
Residency Award Cill Rialaig Project Co. Kerry Dec 07-Jan 2008
Residency Award Cill Rialaig Project Co. Kerry April 2009