Magda Betkowska/ Special Edition

''My paintings show the beauty of every woman with all her imperfections and suggests to the viewer that each one of them can be who she wants to be whether it be weak, vulnerable, tender but also strong, funny, powerful or soulful. The key to her happiness is self-acceptance. Society's expectations shouldn't determine her value and identity. We shouldn't be afraid or ashamed of living in our own way. The one perfect pattern guaranteeing happiness doesn't exist. Every one of us has a right to choose and create her own reality.

In my painting I reflect the expression and emotion of the woman/people I see around me. Almost all my women are faceless because my creative process starts with an impulse which comes from observation. Sometimes it could be the detail of clothing or interesting pose or hair style. I don’t tell a story of one particular person, rather I tell the story about my feeling and emotions associated with this. I create my woman's image often with elements of nature and with relevant female notions of self-acceptance, love, and confidence. In my painting you can see the influence from art deco or from the burlesque world. I also use eye-catching colours as red, orange, pink, yellow to pack as much expression as possible into an image. It is my way of expressing the power and diversity of beauty in each woman.''






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