Agnes Grochulska, Archetypes 3, 2021. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

NOVEMBER 27, 2021–MARCH 6, 2022

What does a face say about one's character? Artist Agnes Grochulska considers this in her new series entitled Archetypes. According to famed psychologist Carl Jung, humans have a universal character, or archetype, within them. There are twelve primary types, and each one has its own set of values, meanings, and personality traits. They are the Sage, Innocent, Explorer, Ruler, Creator, Caregiver, Magician, Hero, Outlaw, Lover, Jester, and Everyman. Grochulska explores the relationship between her perceptions of these traits and those of her viewers. The artist painted a portrait, interpreting how each character type appears in her own imagination. She challenges the viewer to navigate the portraits to see if their own ideas match those of the artist.

Agnes Grochulska (b.1974) studied design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland and currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. Grochulska’s work has won several awards and has been published in Colossal Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and Drawing Magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited and privately collected throughout the US and Europe. Her solo exhibition Line and Color was shown at Eric Schindler Gallery in Richmond, Virginia in May 2019. Grochulska's portrait, Lia was the New Waves 2019 People's Choice Award winner. Find more of her work on her website, or on Instagram @agnesgrochulska


Coffee + Conversation with Agnes Grochulska

February 10, 2022

Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers. Meet artist Agnes Grochulska and learn about her work in Archetypes which features a series of portraits exploring the relationship between the artists perceptions of archetypal traits and those of her viewers.


Master Class with Agnes Grochulska

February 12, 2022

In this workshop, hear from the artist herself as she reveals her open, intuitive approach to sketching from life through a variety of exercises in gesture and contour drawing. Practice with a live model to render expressive figures in charcoal, ink, and graphite, and enrich your drawing skills through close observation.