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There is a strong flavour of mysticism in
How many of us, for all our talk of dreams, ever truly capture a dream in its entirety, on
awakening? Because of this, it is futile classing
And just as there's no word to truly describe his strange and beautiful paintings (surrealistic, fantasy, psychological and spiritualistic don't really apply � though a blend of all of them just might), there's no art work, past or present, with which to liken them.
"People do somehow wish to compare or contrast their work with what some other artist has
He speculates about current art trends with precision though his views, like those of many more enlightened talents, might arouse ire and scorn in art "establishment" circles.
Of his own utterly unique painting he brusquely said "infrarealism" would be the term he'd use to describe it.
"I don't so much try and unlock the door of the mind to enter the halls of the subconscious as I strive to transcend actual time barriers and involve myself with another, purer dimension, where colours are more dramatically distinct and shapes are of a different atom tempo than those in our immediate environment."
His paintings are a type of contact with what might be known to those on some other plane, but not readily known to many of us. In no way does he imagine himself an art muse or mystic � merely an investigator of and into, the "unknown" mind and thought and philosophical areas.
Physically, he is smallish and thickset but, from an art point of view, he is something of a giant, even some kind of an innovatory art genius.
Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
On moving from picture to picture at this exhibition, the observer is drawn in and transported to mysterious dimensions via the elaborate use of personal and archetypal symbols.
Spheres feature in the majority of his works evoking thoughts of
Remotely reminiscent of the images of the French surrealist painter
Paint application compounded by the employment of circles, flowing curves and diagonals is
strongly evocative of the artist's point of departure namely, music. Composers like
Sanlam Art Gallery, Cape Town
Viewers could be forgiven for breaking into song at this exhibition. The 38
Close up, the meticulous detail becomes apparent. One could be forgiven for suspecting airbrush application in places, but those immaculate effects are achieved simply with oil, a brush and a lot of patience over a long time (these works have kept the Polish painter busy over the past two years).
All of the pictures are untitled, revealing the artist's reluctance to expose the mechanics of
his creative mind.
Images are rich and varied, yet draw on only a few central symbols: the perfect circle, the sun (or any star?), the eye, the womb, the sphere, the shell, the foetus. Then, mostly musical images evolve: the violin mainly, and organ with pipes dominating (as if these were huge lungs).
The sometimes convoluted imagery seems to refer back to the music of
The most striking works are the "stripped" ones, describing either a huge space or built
around a single, obtrusive cypher poised as if to attack, to extend beyond the frame. They transfer energy from one form to another, releasing or accumulating: this driving
mechanism motivates or animates all
Viewers seeking scifi imagery will find a lot here, but the work does not deal with outer space, time travel, space vortices or red giants imploding.
The images, like those of
Sanlam Art Gallery, Cape Town
Polish-born South African artist
"And the word, realism, is there because I believe all imagination, dreams and even fantasies exist and they are also very real," explains the 59-year-old oil painter, who coined the new art term for himself.
He started drawing at the age of 14, and under communist rule in Poland, worked in various jobs including a stint as a factory worker before he studied art formally at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. He graduated with a master's degree in 1967.
"I used to paint nudes every day, five days a week in the academy," he says, as he recalls his six years there. But still he prefers his dream world of the universe, clouds and planets to the real world of human beings.
He says: "Perhaps I've seen too much of this world, having witnessed World War II as a child. "There's just too much mess around and most of the sufferings were caused by man."
He admits that his paintings, which bring him to a "place of eternal calm and peace", are a form of escape from the real world, but maintains that he is not doing so out of cowardice. "In my works I express my hopes for the future and I'm always optimistic," he explains.
A full-time painter for the past seven years,
"People have asked me to paint the wildlife in Africa like elephants and I told them that as an artist, I don't need to create them because the elephants can do so themselves."
The Straits Times
SweeGuan Art Gallery, Singapore
Caught in the magic of 'the rainbow nation' of South Africa, artist
It is no wonder that most of his paintings are untitled but when asked why this was so the artist explained that he did not wish to limit the viewer's imagination and capability of discovering his or her own world and what his paintings say to a particular viewer.
High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa
The New Straits Times
Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
As a realist artist I am not often carried away with the many abstract art styles that sprung up in the art world but as an inventor I am always impressed with their ingenuity and the creative genius behind it. I, therefore, continue to search only for that trait, visiting many exhibitions and pouring through books and magazines. I had studied the likes of
Then along came artist
I love it and did not hesitate to tell him so. His painting shows the in-depth interaction of Colours, Light, Shape and Tonal Quality. Abstract paintings had never been my personal choice being a realist artist but Mr.
He describes his paintings as abstract non-representational creations of great amorphous
shapes suspended and exploding in space. He names his art style only to describe it as he has no interest to start a new art movement. On the second day of the exhibition, I was there, and I was impressed, stood transfixed and learnt there was going to be a talk entitled "My Way of Painting" by
During the talk, there was an altercation between
Communication for graphic artworks, yes! Painting, no. It needs only be aesthetic. That's the reason for abstract work. In the far reaches of art, all it needs is the backing of a gallery owner or an art dealer, the media and finally someone who is willing to buy the painting for whatever reason. He may only need it to hide the crack in the wall. For any artist to exist for long he needs more than that, he needs a kind of style, identity and the will to survive. There are many who don't.
I liken the man to someone who enters
Certainly, there may be some similarity in the choice of subject one chooses to paint but the
style of the artist cannot be ignored. The brush stroke, paint mix and the volume and similarity in all the art pieces each artist paints carry the uncanny signatures, personal style and unique techniques. Even
Thank you so much. There is currently no other artist yet who paints in this style or claims to
be an "Infra-Realist" except
This letter is not about that altercation but to entice readers to see what art geniuses like
There is something you just can't get from books. As Mr.
Many thanks to Galeri Petronas which showcases
It is not often an artist gets fans and followers but to get one fervent enough to buy the exhibits, or one that would speak up for him, that takes style not to mention the money.
Artist and Inventor
Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur