“My first startling encounter with Haidee Becker’s painting is refreshing with each new exhibition. Friends of hers and mine had left with her their two children for a few days. When I saw the portraits of the two, painted during those days, the shock of their live presence, in such marvelously fluid and moulded colours, was something I shall never forget. Those pictures became, for me, an ideal, of portraiture. The painted surface like some kind of precious substance – nothing fixed or cold, yet nothing arbitary or external – and a vibrant immediacy of the person.
After that, I got to know some of her still lives and flowers. They have, for me, the essential quality; the revelation of a passionate inwardness, like portraits of hypnagogic images just about to materialize, lit and shadowed with a turbulent yet magnetic inner form. The depth is the psychological depth of great sweetness – gently and powerfully focused. Living with them has confirmed all my first impressions about them.”
TED HUGHES (1930-1998)