The “City Portraits” series is the result of the author’s artistic travels and her reflection on her longing for enchanting places that evoke emotions and memories. It is a set of paintings created since 2020, presenting urban landscapes, usually resembling specific cities and towns. In addition to the features and an attempt to document the found place, the author primarily aims to create an aesthetic painting composition in which colour and its variation have a dominant role.
PORTRAITS OF CITIES
INTERIORS, EXTERIORS, COMPOSITIONS
“…Another advantage of Marlena Witkowska-Rypina’s painting is colour, its genre and texture. Keeping in most compositions almost monochromatic scale, the author is able to play with tiny nuances and differences of whites, ochres and greys, harmonizing them with greyish blues, greens and browns. She looks for muted colours, among which olive shades or lightened earth tones take a more important place. She replaces them with a sharper range, based on dark blues, greens, violets… She paints matte, leaving visible thickenings of paint inside quite large areas of colour. They emphasise the specific roughness of the painting tissue and the transitions between successive tones of colours applied with a spatula rather than a brush. The painting of Marlena Witkowska-Rypina is watched with great pleasure, finding the “flavours” contained in the formal layer. In spite of the seemingly dirty, subdued colours, with their inner purity, compositional discipline,
and even (what a contradiction) its sparing decorativeness…”.