A Polish full-time architect and a part-time painter Maja Wronska praises cities of Europe and the United States with her watercolor paintings.
Wronska’s excellent drawing skills that she acquired thanks to her drawing classes at Warsaw University of Technology enables her to give dimension to her paintings. She uses pencils and markers to create the basis of her paintings and finishes off with watercolor.
Her works usually focus on the architectural designs found in the cities which became the signature of the places. The monuments are so iconic that even Ikea mass-printed a set of her paintings for its customers. Likewise, this very fact is a shared threat of cityscape paintings.
Painting of cityscapes was popular during the eighteen century with the paintings of Canaletto, Bellotto, and Guardi. Those painters were living in Venice and creating their work for the sake of travelers who want to take a souvenir with them upon visiting the city. However, the fact that people started to take photographs of a higher quality and with an individual, easily carried devices triggered cityscape paintings to abstain from being true to details.
Wronska, as an architect who is obsessed with details recently exhibited her third collection of cityscape paintings. When you look at the paintings in this collection, the city looks hazy as if to emphasize the fast pace of city life.
The details of the skylines are brilliantly sculpted contrary to the overall canvas. It gives the feeling of frozenness in time. Indeed, playing in an array of soft and sharp points on the paper reflects both the changing and ever-lasting characteristics of the cities.