Embracing the Subtle Poetry of "Four Seasons Fall"

Let me introduce you to one of my cherished creations within the Echoes of Seasons solo exhibition: “Four Seasons Fall.” As an artist, this oil-on-canvas masterpiece holds a special place in my heart. It serves as a testament to the changing hues and anticipations of autumn. However, what truly captivates me about this piece goes beyond the visual allure of blue and white; it delves into the profound realm of figurative abstraction.

Four Seasons, Fall, Echoes of Seasons, painting series, Bartosz Beda
Four Seasons, Fall, oil on canvas, 96x108 in (244x274 cm), 2022-23

A Dance of Abstraction and Figuration

Upon first encountering this artwork, you might discern blurry figures shrouded by a veil of leaves. A deliberate ambiguity beckons the viewer to delve deeper into the painting. Like the softest of whispers, the mark-making dissolves the figures, blurring the lines between reality and imagination. A unique atmospheric reality unfolds in this intriguing interplay, inviting contemplation of the subtle nuances that often go unnoticed in our surroundings.

The painting is divided into six smaller canvases, which create a captivating narrative when viewed as a whole. Yet, the true magic of this piece emerges upon closer inspection. As you approach the canvas, intricate details, and subtleties come to life—elements that would have remained hidden had you stood at a distance.

The Unseen Beauty of Mark-Making in Four Seasons Fall

To craft this masterpiece, I employed various mark-making techniques, combining the finesse of brushwork with the precision of stencils and cutouts. These techniques lend a dynamic texture to the canvas, adding layers of meaning and complexity. From afar, the painting presents itself as a coherent composition. However, as you draw nearer, a world of intricacies and nuances reveals itself, emphasizing that life, like the seasons, is composed of grand gestures and understated moments.

The Inspirational Journey Behind "Echoes of Seasons"

The inception of the “Echoes of Seasons” solo exhibition and its corresponding painting series traces back to a profound moment of discovery. During a Google search around 2020-2021, I stumbled upon a collection of photographs depicting families navigating the challenges of crossing the US-Mexico border. These individuals, hailing from South American countries, sought refuge and the promise of a brighter future in the United States. These powerful images ignited the inspiration that would fuel my ambitious large-scale paintings.

The Metaphor of Migration

As an immigrant myself, having traversed the path from Poland to the United States, I felt a deep resonance with the theme of immigration along the US-Mexico border. However, I soon realized that the experiences and struggles of these individuals were unique and profoundly different from mine. While I had previously explored political and social issues through my art, I felt compelled to adopt a more nuanced and symbolic approach.

The Symbolic Significance of Migration

The concept of migration, both physical and metaphorical, emerged as the cornerstone of my creative process. It encapsulates the ever-evolving nature of human existence, akin to the changing seasons of the natural world. Migration is a profound allegory for the human journey, signifying our capacity for adaptation and transformation. It mirrors the cyclical shedding of leaves in autumn, symbolizing our need to let go of the past to embrace the promise of new beginnings.

In “Four Seasons Fall,” and throughout the “Echoes of Seasons” solo exhibition, I extend an invitation to embark on a philosophical and artistic odyssey. Together, we contemplate the profound interconnectedness of the human spirit and the natural world. Through a careful fusion of abstraction, figuration, and symbolism, I seek to capture the essence of life’s ever-evolving seasons, where change is inevitable and beautiful.

In “Four Seasons Winter,” I invite you to explore not just the strokes of blue and white but the depths of human experience and the resilience accompanying the coldest seasons of life. Each brushstroke, each mark, and even the absence of winter attire hold a story waiting to be discovered, much like the layers of meaning that life unfolds.

This exhibition serves as a visual odyssey through the intricate seasons of human existence. It seeks to unravel the layers of metaphorical Freudian cake, where each painting serves as a window into the complex tapestry of inner migration. The symbolic framework of the four seasons provided a fitting backdrop to explore these themes with depth and thoughtfulness.

Balancing Art and Life: A Personal Struggle

In the process of being an artist, marked by a relentless pursuit of creativity and expression, I have often found myself at the intersection of art and life. This intersection is not merely a crossing of paths but a complex, dynamic interplay where the demands of one often challenge the

“Four Seasons, Fall” Wins January 2024 Boynes Artist Award

A Season of January 2024 Boynes Artist Award: “Four Seasons, Fall” Captures the Attention of Jury I am thrilled to announce that my painting, “Four Seasons, Fall,” has been distinguished as a January 2024 Award Winner by the Boynes Artist Award. This recognition is not only an honor for me as