Magdalena Nowatkowska

Magdalena Nowatkowska 

 

born in 1982, is a graduate of the Institute of Design in Koszalin, Master of Arts, a longtime illustrator, graphic designer, interior, fashion, and home accessories designer, and a painter. After years of experimentation and observing the world, she simplifies what is complicated in her painting.


She works on several series simultaneously. She addresses difficult, existential themes, presenting them in a minimized, refined, original, simple painting form.

About work

The series that began at the start of the pandemic is titled “Distance“. It is a series of paintings about emotions, interpersonal relationships, energy, fear, and reactions to incomprehensible, foreign, contradictory messages. About their impact on human behavior. It is a series about people. Graphically simplified, geometric forms seem to interact with each other. To isolate, levitate, colonize in small or larger groups. It is an analysis of interpersonal vibrations, in different contexts, spaces, and circumstances.


In the “Limits” series, I explore the sense and nonsense of their existence. It is a response to unpredictable phenomena. It was initiated at the time of alarming reports about the war. It is a story about what the artist sees, feels, and observes. A study of the relationships between people. About what evokes a time of fear, uncertainty. About how much one can… It is a record of interactions between them, of what lies somewhere between the world of peace and the world of total chaos.


It is a series about emotions. About overcoming obstacles. About possibilities and their absence. About strength and powerlessness. About power. About closeness. About relationships. Longing. About boundaries. About the sense and nonsense of their existence. About people, in short…


The human figure has been reduced to a minimum, to simple figurative forms. To maximally simplified signs, with the eye as a dominantly, visibly exaggerated element. Figurative blocks seem to interact with each other, in various configurations. Over time, the line begins to dominate, still outlining bodies, but as if it begins to live anew. It divides, connects, constructs, ambiguous records, rhythm? It builds landscapes, defines directions, horizons. Everything indicates that it begins to live independently…


The series is an attempt to delve into fundamental questions about existence, meaning, and complexity of human experience, human resilience, and ability to overcome obstacles. What defines us as individuals and as a society.


The third series is “Dimensionless – Geometric Compositions“. It is a smooth transition from the “Limits” series to even greater simplifications. Reducing simple, yet still figurative forms from the previous series to completely abstract, geometric arrangements. The series is a study on the potential of minimalism. An artistic comment on what has already been.


The “Horizons” series is a collection of works inspired by simple frames from life, in public spaces, architecture, urban planning. The works in this series are characterized by simplicity of form. Here, experimentation with the horizon line, which symbolizes the boundary between earth and sky, between spaces, objects. It is a metaphor for the boundary between the past and the future.


The use of clean minimalist forms, the correlation between individual planes, encourages reflection on color, shape, composition, and time.


The latest painting series, “Borrowed Images“, is a series of minimalist abstractions. It captures existing images in space, as spotted by the artist. A record of snippets of our surroundings. Narrow frames of wide life perspectives. A diary of interesting circumstances, a record of the magic of fleeting moments.

 

These images are a nod to chance, inspiration, and unexpected beauty found in the least expected places, moments, and circumstances. Available to everyone, within reach, in the nearest public space, perhaps just around the corner.


It is an attempt to appreciate the small things, the uniqueness of everyday life, which often escapes our notice. And yet, all it takes is a moment to stop and look, to almost certainly notice something…

Events

03.2024: Artshow Events, Warszawa

02.2024: Art Fair (Targowisko Sztuki), Warszawa

12.2023: Artshow Events, Warszawa

10.2023: Focus Art Fairs, Londyn, Saachi Gallery 

06.2023: Artshow Events, Warszawa