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‘Body told me to start painting more after cancer diagnosis’

Dalia Hartman Bergsagel celebrates therapeutic nature of art

04 June, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Dalia Hartman Bergsagel with some of her work

WHEN West Hampstead artist Dalia Hartman Bergsagel was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, the first thought that came into her head was that she needed to paint more.

“My body was telling me that it was time to stop talking about the day I would find the time to paint and just start doing it,” the former St Martin’s School of Art graduate recalls. “Painting was indeed therapeutic and helped me put things into perspective at a time of tremendous upheaval in my life.”

Since then Dalia has experienced something of a creative renaissance and her bold and colourful abstracts recently went on show at an exhibition staged by cancer charity Maggie’s to mark the 10th anniversary of its west London centre.

Dalia, who attends the Maggie’s at the Cancerkin Centre at the Royal Free Hospital, said: “The emotional support from Maggie’s, its treatments and classes and the new friends I have met there have all played an extremely important part in my recovery and I am honoured to be able to contribute to this celebration.”

Last month’s event was held at Maggie’s Stirling Prize-winning building in the grounds of Charing Cross Hospital. Dalia, of Broadhurst Gardens, was one of three professional artists selected to participate.

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