Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 100cm (H) x 100cm (W) x 2cm (D) / 39.4" (H) x 39.4" (W) x 0.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
“Blinkered – having or showing a narrow or limited outlook”
Blinkered is a section of the world seen through a photographic lens and translated into the language of abstract painting. Author invites us to engage in aesthetic vivisection of the work and to inspect the hidden details on the surface. It has the effect of dualistic perception where large-format images draw the attention as close to the detail as possible.
The “Blinkered” landscapes are heterogeneous, but at the same time distinctive scrap of space has been narrowed down to just a few pixels, and then magnified to a large-format image. The figurative is therefore reduced to its basic and most crucial formal essence.
Do you like getting lost on purpose? I love it. I always prefer local roads to the highway, and they usually lead me to the most interesting places.
Usually, the landscapes I paint come to life as a result of me getting literally lost. There, at the very end of the map, in peace and solitude, I can reflect on the surrounding world. And then, back at the studio, I look for ways to transfer my impressions onto the canvas. It is always my paramount goal: to imbue the painting with the emotions, forms, colours or, sometimes, even the after-images that place had left within me.
When creating, I like to get lost in various ways, looking for and testing new media, forms and techniques. Sometimes, from that momentary chaos, things emerge which stand in opposition to the calming landscapes which have inspired me. Surreal demons appear that dwell in most of us, under the skin or deeper within.
I see art as a road that takes me somewhere. That road is my meditation and a way to achieve peace. I hope it never ends because there should always be something more worth discovering.
Based in: Warsaw
Lukasz Olek (born in 1982, Warsaw). Applied graphic designer, illustrator, and creative director with several advertising agencies for over 15 years. He has now associated his professional life with the English agency MiltonBrown, where as Art Director and Executive Producer he coordinates film and video productions. After years of drawing with pencil and ink, he has now discovered the colours of acrylic paints.
He creates mainly dark, large-format abstractions and turpist portraits. Fascinated by the works of Francis Bacon, Marek Rothko and Lucian Freud. In his works he often focuses on the study of texture and colour by resorting to non-obvious materials and media.
11.2020 The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
07.2020 Project Art, Bonifacio Hotel Gallery. solo exhibition „Blinkered”
06.2020 Targi Sztuki Dostępnej, Warszawa
10.2019 Targi Sztuki Dostępnej, Warszawa
06.2019 Targi Sztuki Dostępnej, Warszawa
05.2019 Project Art Gallery, “Landscape is just the beginning”, group exhibition
04.2019 Moderna Gallery, 19 dzielnica, group exhibition
29.03.2019 “Blinkered”, Ney Gallery, Warsaw, solo exhibition
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