Agnieszka Nienartowicz is one of the most exciting young Polish painters. Several of her hyperrealistic portraits incorporate elements from classic historical paintings, which are blended in using a variety of resources. The combinations are mesmerizing, timeless resonances between two artists separated by time but entangled by the creative passion. Her paintings display exquisite combinations of historical and contemporary elements, of the old masters and modern hyperrealism.
Nienartowicz’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” is one of the most striking works in this series. At first sight, it appears to be a photograph of a model with her back covered in an elaborate tattoo inspired by the homonymous 15th century painting by Northern Renaissance artist Hieronymus Bosch. On a closer look, it’s a painting inside a painting, Nienartowicz’s take on the famous work embedded into an incredible realistic portrait.
Nienartowicz is inspired by the mysteries hidden deep inside people. According to her, “What I depict is a caught moment of the three things: someone’s secret emotion, their move in space, which together form and contain in itself a strong emotional strength.”