Justyna Kuklo


About the artist:

When I think about art and my painting inspirations, I realize that I tend to return obsessively to the subject of hands, and, sometimes, feet. To me, hands are, in a way, a portrait of human life and work, tangible proof of effort. I consciously refrain from painting faces, peeking at us from within the frames of a picture. I want the viewer to give identity to the work of art and personalize it. I would even go so far as to say that faces make me tired and seem trivial to me. Therefore, I chose instead to portray hands and feet and to record body postures. I focus on trivial everyday gestures, giving them meaning and celebrating their existence on linen canvas.

#BLM series 

This is a new series of oil paintings inspired by Black Lives Matter (BLM), an international social movement founded in the United States in 2013 and dedicated to the fight against racism and violence against African Americans, and police brutality in particular. In this series of paintings, I focused on body postures and simple gestures. I chose to use close-ups as a means to make them even more meaningful.  I painted this series out of respect and belief inequality.