Warsaw artist’s Chopin portrait becomes new face of airport’s business lounge
A painting of Chopin with a blue face and purple hair has been chosen to adorn one of five business lounges at Warsaw’s Chopin airport.
The striking portrait by Warsaw artist Urszula Kamińska will go on display at the airport’s VIP ‘Polonez’ business lounge after airport official’s spotted her work on a fridge and decided to commission the piece.
The delighted 27-year-old posted on social media: “This is an important moment for me.
“My painting ‘Chopin’ has been displayed at the Chopin Airport in the Business Longue ‘Polonaise’.
“Dreams come true. Thank you to all those who believe in me and help me and my creation swim into wide waters.’
The painting had originally been scheduled to go on display over a year ago but was postponed due to COVID-19 air traffic restrictions.
The self-taught artist who studied landscape architecture and then sang lead vocals in a rock band before joining the corporate world of sales for companies such as Dell, decided to become a fulltime artist during a trip to France.
It was while visiting the graves of fallen WWII US troops that she says she had an epiphany.
Kamińska who is originally from the town of Pasłek near Elblag told TFN: “I always felt it was someone else’s life, it was not my life.
“I didn’t feel like I was playing my role. I had to question why I was afraid, why was I afraid of targets, of my boss?
“We live in a time of peace, we don’t have to go to war. There is no reason to be afraid.”
Leaving the corporate world behind, Kamińska started out painting on denim jackets, notebooks, cups and luggage saying it was a less daunting way to ease into her new life.
Recognized by a fridge manufacturer she began customised fridges with famous faces and soon found her work being picked up by various fashion magazines.
It was after seeing one of her fridges that Chopin Airport’s VIP Lounge got in touch and commissioned her do a portrait of the musician.
Some of those same fridges have also been installed in the VIP lounge.
Kamińska said: “I am a complete artist, I can do what I want. I can do music, photography, paintings, it is about what inspires me.
“I am always very close to the music scene. I don’t have plans, I am open for everything and I ask for nothing. I don’t want to put limitations on myself or my art by thinking this is the goal when I could have achieved something much bigger, maybe the Universe had bigger plans for me but I settled for something less.”