Beatrice Dahllof:Pole Chabru

Beatrice Dahllof:Pole Chabru


Signed on reverse

Oil on canvas

14 x 18 inches


Inspired by folklore, ritual, memory, and spectacle, Beatrice Dahllof creates paintings which weave intricate and tender stories within themselves. Growing up in a Polish family, the artist was surrounded by myths and traditions passed down between countless generations. Living in Australia, Dahllof has been exposed to yet more cultural stories, mysteries and allegories, thus influencing her work further. Dahllof paints with immediacy and fragility, focussing her brush on familial relationships, human nature, and the complexities of emotion.


Detail from ‘Pole Chabru’, 2020. Beatrice Dahllof

Pole Chabru translates to ‘Cornflower Field’ in Polish. The painting references the story of Queen Louise of Prussia’s escape from the Napoleonic forces in Berlin. The Queen hid herself and her children in a cornflower field, keeping them quiet and calm by teaching them to make wreaths from flowers. Rather than portraying a mother and child, Dahllof shows the two subjects as women of a similar age, embracing amongst a field of starkly formed plants. In her hands, one woman holds a cornflower, powerfully blue against the pair’s pale clothing. The two women nestle their heads together, interlocked in a grasp that suggests a moment of confidentiality. They are wrapped together in closeness, their eyes about to meet.

Dahllof reads emphatically, watches movies, and makes up her own stories in order to gain inspiration for her paintings. She looks toward decorative objects, ceramics, antiquities, textiles, and the natural world in order to curate a platform upon which to build a narrative. Her works are simultaneously dreamlike and engaging, reaching an area of consciousness that feels somewhat familiar, yet inspired by history.


Beatrice Dahllof

B. Australia 1999

beatrice dallhof

B. Australia 1999


Beatrice Dahllof was born in 1998 in Melbourne. She studied painting at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, graduating in 2019, and completing her honours in the following year.

Dahllof’s practice combines painting, textile work, and collage using various media including oil, pastel, gesso, and tempera. Her current practice lays in the use of historical narrative art as a means to explore the human condition and relationships forged between people.

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