The Muse at 269 Gallery | Studio
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Sunday, October 9, 2016
269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR
The Muse at 269 Gallery | Studio

The Muse Gallery proudly presents


[YOUR] Forest

Małgorzata Łapsa-Malawska



Opening Night 22.09.2016, 6.30-9.00pm

[YOUR] Forest


[MY] Forest




  1. Antithesis to the town.
  2. An ancient boundary to civilisation celebrated by all cultures.


[MY] Forests are places of myths, legends and fairy tales; symbolising the hinterlands of our imagination, mystery and danger. For the characters I read lost in the woodlands, so often hold a mirror to the unchartered territories of my own life.


[MY] Forest is a place of personal development, a space of opportunity to grow. A place where I exist without gender, to understand man’s need to embrace nature for his answers and for woman to connect with her primal self, the mother. It symbolises a journey to me, one of transition between youth and adulthood. A moment in my life lost without certainty of survival until I emerge from the trees to walk among my fellow man once more.


Once the work is created, some would say the artist is obsolete.


Now it’s [YOUR] Forest to explore?




The show ‘[Your] Forest’ presents 20 oil paintings and sketches from 2016.


Among them: Painting “Before Childhood Ended”

Exhibited in Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 

(lent for this show thanks to courtesy of the collector)


“Boy with white balloon”

Shortlisted for National Open Art 2016.


“Seeking fern flower”

Selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016



Shortlisted for ‘The Society of Women Artists Open Exhibition’ / group of small paintings inspired by old family photographs.

This piece included my Grandparents, aunties, parents caught in moments of growth and transformation from their childhood, set in the forests of Poland.