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Doodles on Canvas
December 19, 2013   
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Paintings by ethnographer-turned-artist Joanna Kurella are featured in a new exhibition at the Natolin Culture Center in Warsaw’s Ursynów district.

The exhibition is entitled Maziaje na płótnie (Doodling on Canvas) and is part of the culture center’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Born and raised in Warsaw, Kurella has strong ties with the city. She graduated from the Faculty of Ethnography of the University of Warsaw in 1970 and soon after started working at Cepelia, an organization established to support folk artists. She spent the next 20 years working to preserve folk art.

While searching for outstanding examples of arts and crafts, Kurella traveled to all parts of Poland, which could explain why landscapes are the central theme of her paintings. Kurella says she is interested in landscapes and especially the link between man and nature. “What fascinates me are places that look different depending on the time of day and year,” said Kurella. “Now that I am retired, I have more time on my hands, so I can contemplate and transfer the world around me onto canvas. But I must say I’m hardly ever satisfied with my work. Sometimes I fail to depict on paper what I’m thinking about, which is why I refer to my paintings as ‘doodles’ in the exhibition’s title.”

Kurella has been involved in art throughout her career, but it was not until she retired that became an artist herself. She has been a painter for 10 years now. Apart from the exhibition at the Natolin Culture Center, she has had her paintings exhibited at the Ochota Culture Center and the Blue City shopping mall in Warsaw and in the village of Falenty near the capital.

The Maziaje na płótnie exhibition is on show at the Natolin Culture Center’s gallery at 3 Na Uboczu St.
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