Artists' talk: Ewa Gargulinska

Ewa Gargulinska MA is a Polish artist, a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art and a lecturer at both; Central Saint Martins College of Art in London and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ewa’s art is represented internationally in the following collections: the National Museum in Krakow, Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, the British Library, the Copernicus University, Torun, and Madame Tussaud’s London. Her work is collected worldwide, most notably by Dr. Arthur Sackler (founder of the new wing at the Royal Academy, London), Jeremy Irons, Sir Michael Scott and Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair of the British Council.

Ewa Gargulinska’s book of poems was published in 2013.

‘Where, then, is relief? In shedding tears or wrestling down my grief?’

The Irish poet Seamus Heaney, with his Polish colleague Stanislaw Baranczak recently translated a book of ‘Laments’ by the renaissance Polish poet Jan Kochanowski. These beautiful, passionate outpourings of grief on the death of his two-year-old daughter are a perfect expression of that Polish intensity of feeling which surfaces in Ewa Gargulinska’s dark, brooding paintings.

Her consistent colour range of deep blue, red, purple, offset by occasional outbursts of acid yellow, explores a world of melancholy and sorrow, the ‘haunts of pain’ of the poet’s mourning. But the active surface of the paintings nevertheless bespeaks the living rather then dead. The compassionate presence of the power of art ‘to purge our human thought of all it’s dread’, ‘where angels dwell beyond distress and fear’.

Dorothy Walker Irish Independent.

Date: 29 November 2013

Time: Live music starts at 6pm | Artists' talk starts at 7pm | Gallery open daily from 10am - 11pm

Member Ticket Price: Free

Non-member Ticket Price: Free

Buying Tickets: Payment Information can be found here - View