In her new show “Line and Color: Paintings of People,” Agnes Grochulska focuses on what is the most essential in the way she sees and interprets ideas in her art: the use of line and color, this time applied exclusively to the human subject.
“Agnes Grochulska is a fine artist with the enviable trait of having a distinct sense of line. Her lines skitter across the surfaces of her faces, figures, animals, and scenes, presenting a vivid and unique record of the movement of her eye over the sights she surveys,” says art writer Daniel Maidman.
Agnes further explains it this way: “A line both creates a boundary between areas and connects them. Contour line specifies and informs our brain where an object ends. By putting down a line, I feel I am both describing the division between me and the painting subject, and connecting with it.”
For this painting series, the artist has invited several people to model for her who in some special way struck her as interesting subjects to portray. Each of the portraits has an underlying idea that expresses either the subject’s character, an inner emotion, or a particular feature — something unique that initially drew the artist’s interest. Employing simplified composition and using expressive, gestural lines and bold colors, her intention is to reveal something visceral and true about the subject, and connect it to a larger and more significant message about human existence, rather than creating a close recording of a physical likeness.
Born in Poland in 1974, Agnes Grochulska is a contemporary realist painter working mainly in oils. She also enjoys creating drawings in graphite and charcoal. Agnes studied design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. She currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been shown at Dacia Gallery in New York City, Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado, and the Frank Gallery and Conde Contemporary near Miami, Florida. Agnes’s work has won several awards and has been published in Artists magazine, Drawing magazine, Artists on Art magazine, PoetsArtists, and the Strokes of Genius publication.
“Line and Color” is on view at Eric Schindler Gallery (Richmond, VA) through June 14, 2019. For more details about this exhibition, please visit www.ericschindlergallery.com.