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Bethany Czarnecki

American, b. b. 1980
Bethany Czarnecki, Untitled, 2020, Oil on paper, 16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
Untitled, 2020, Oil on paper, 16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)

Czarnecki’s vibrantly colored oil paintings reference natural forms, imaginary spaces, and the female body.

Taking up the lineages of organic abstraction and color field painting, Bethany Czarnecki’s vibrantly colored oil paintings reference natural forms, imaginary spaces, and the female body. While her works at first glance appear to allude to the practices of pouring and staining, Czarnecki paints in oil and works deliberately and methodically with the brush, moving from the edges of the canvas inward. Building up layers of color, she creates dynamic tension between voluminous, biomorphic shapes with close attention to the interplay of opacity and luminosity. In Czarnecki’s words, her “use of repetitive forms signifies a distortion of time and place that allude to dreamscapes, while color becomes a carrier of emotion which ultimately reveals the unseen.” Czarnecki’s paintings often begin with a reflection or emotion, such as the duality of motherhood and sensuality, that is part of the female experience. Aware of her relationship to the great women abstract painters of the past, notably Georgia O’Keeffe and Helen Frankenthaler, her works embrace femininity, sensuality, and the power of the female voice.

 

Czarnecki received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has exhibited nationally at galleries and museums, including Massey Klein Gallery, Ny, NY, The Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, and Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT. Her work is in the collection of Citizens Bank Corporate Office, Bentonville, AR. Born in Westwood, NJ, Czarnecki now lives and works in Westport, CT.

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