A demanding art

The focus of Eva Bekier’s paintings is colour. Even if the viewer can discern traces of realistic shapes, they are not important. The important element is colour. It creates the unique atmosphere of these works: at times nostalgic like a reverie caught on canvas, at other times full of expression, a record of violent emotion.

This artist has lived in Warsaw, Madrid, Utrecht, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris and Vienna. She studied not only painting but also German, sociology and art restoration. She has toured almost all of Europe. She is a restless spirit, always on the move. At times, her art is equally restless and vibrating.

During her work in art restoration, she specialized in the works of the18th century masters, delving the secrets of their workshop. In her travels, she visited many world-famous museum painting collections. She is without a doubt well familiar with the late, at times almost abstract works of Tiziano, Monet’s water lillies melting in a nebulous shimmer of colour, and the completely incredible colouristic evolutions of Mark Rothko. Eva Bekier became thoroughly acquainted with the works of her great predecessors only to reject them almost in their entirety to create her own, thoroughly original concept of painting which is fresh both in terms of aesthetic expression and in its technical layer.

She uses a complex technique, combining acrylic and pastels on a paper ground, sometimes emphasizing the composition by pencil, sometimes drawing within the thickness of paint. This is spontaneous painting driven by emotion which creates emotion, far from geometric rigours and thought-out structures. One certainly cannot deny it authenticity. Eva Bekier’s paintings seem unfinished, spilling in all directions. Their delimitation is purely symbolic. The artist moves within a limited colour palette, preferring silvery whites, graphite greys, cool blues and sparse ochre accents. She builds her monochromatic compositions leaving the delicate texture of subsequently applied layers. Eva Bekier’s paintings are demanding. An inattentive viewer will pass them by, as these works never scream, never attempt to appeal with formal fireworks and never depict attractive objects from the real world: beautiful bodies, succulent fruit or smooth refracting surfaces. This is art for the attentive and the focused; those who perceive beauty in the rough surfaces of stone and in the patterns they create. This art will be appreciated by lovers of sublime, sophisticated colour, delicate nuances of hue and sometimes almost imperceptible tone gradations.

Agnieszka Gniotek Art & Business

It is with true pleasure that I reviewed the works of Ms. Ewa Bekier in the Art Novum Gallery in Warsaw Her works are a subtle and tasteful record of expressions and moods akin to an emotional journal. Despite a restrained color range, Ms. Bekier achieves a rich artistic effect, stimulating with restless shapes and provoking the viewer to follow her mystery. It is a very personal art, created by a person gifted with uncommon sensitivity, addressed to a discerning audience.

Roman Wozniak, Assistant Professor (Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw)

Eva Bekier, is an artist and a citizen of Europe. The new united Europe. An artist who has lived and studied sociology and art, and combined them with her experience in Berlín, Ámsterdam, Varsovia, París, and lately, Madrid. (It seems) Eva Bekier has finally found the paintings that she has been looking for. He works remain rich in European culture and influenced by movements such as Expressionism and Fauvism. The paintings by Eva with their strong gestures, at the same time, complete with tenderness, create a dramatic atmosphere.

In the words of artist, teacher and art critic, Jaime Sánchez.

Jean Dubuffet claimed that art is mostly “expressing the most intimate dispositions of mood”. In order for that expression to be created, the artist should be alone, separated for some time from the noise of the world, because only this state of solitude stimulates the need to create for oneself – using one’s own means of expression – that special place that provides the comfort of well-being. This atmosphere of personal, intimate creation engenders art that later finds its projection in those who witness it and establish their unique dialog with the artist.

Eva Bekier paints in her private spaces, feeding off the healthy impurity of her favourite colours: black, white, grey, sometimes blue, ochre and red. dashing pulls, grattage, quick calligraphic gestures, collage. until all the necessary rhythms and moods are placed, coexisting in a moving dissonance.

Like other artists in their time, Eva Bekier is a defender of spontaneity and immediacy in panting, which need not be in conflict with the logic of the world. Allowing instruments and materials to “speak” was also one of Dubufett’s concepts. It is irrelevant whether the result is abstract or figurative. The important thing is that the entire creative process entails an authenticity of expression which affects the viewer and enables them to establish a personal relationship with the work.

Eva Bekier prefers paper, carton, acrylic and pencil. The result of her creative process, sometimes irrational and violent, sometimes nostalgic or wild, but always poetic and beautiful in its blackness, is an element of surprise – this artist is capable of turning the entire concept around with one stroke of her brush. These skilfully executed, risky turns in appropriate and unique moments never draw attention away from the key precept. This “control over improvisation” is part of the artist’s personality, who is also blessed with the skill of finding without the toil of searching. All this constitutes the seductive attractiveness of Eva Bekier’s work, with freshness that takes no heed of content. Shapelessness takes on weight and body, evanescence and elusiveness suddenly freeze in mass, block, form and density, turning into key elements of reality: landscapes, houses, wall fragments, clocks. Colour is the main carrier of all the visionary phenomena presented to the viewer.

Eva Bekier is an artist for whom painting is both a spell and a conscious choice of solitude, which does not preclude the skill of finding the light in the end of the tunnel.

Amalia Rubi – art critic