Barbara Wesołowska

b. 1984, lives and works in London

Barbara Wesołowska graduated from the Department of Painting at Royal College of Art, London in 2015 and the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2013.

Her work identifies most closely with the traditional practice of figurative painting. Through the application of paint and layered surfaces she strives to explore physiologically intense narratives. As Pierre Klossowski’s formulates ‘Image dictates to me’. This openness of painting to the realm of feelings, memory and chance makes the question of intentions less relevant and instead points in the direction of the unconscious. 

 

Wesołowska's paintings often engage the psychological attachment to the female body. The proliferation of over-layered staring figures and faces echoes the remorse or disillusionment with the reality of life, as opposed to care-free attitude of youth. Beneath the negativity and nostalgia, she tries to convey a complex, unfolding notion of what it means to be female over the expanse of time.

SELECTED WORKS

 

PAST EXHIBITIONS

2022

Appple in the dark

Harkawik, NYC, USA

 

Text by Toniann Fernandez

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2021

Nothing about murmuring

imlabor, Tokyo, Japan

 

Text by Sam Tierney

2020

Sphynx of Black Quartz, Judge my Vow


 

Palfrey Gallery, London, UK

Curator: John Chilver

 

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2020

Mirror of impalpable nudity, with Natali Price Hafslund


 

Gao Gallery, London, UK

 

2020

The Vapours



Kunsthalle Bamberg, Germany, DE

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2019

In the flesh

with Florence Peake and Lewis Hammond



Peles Empire, Berlin, DE

2019

A Wind in the Door



Rumpeltstiltskin, New York, USA

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