Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 120cm (H) x 200cm (W) x 2cm (D) / 47.2" (H) x 78.7" (W) x 0.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Ready to hang, sides painted in black, doesn’t require framing. Signed on back (bottom right corner - "Łukasz Olek", "The Road"”, 2020), and in front ("Łukasz Olek, 2020"). Possible to order in different dimension / colour tones. This piece is from "Blinkered" series which I'm currently working on. You can read about the idea below. 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 by the debuting painter Łukasz Olek. The photographic way of presenting, based on compositional sharpness and precision and accompanied with painterly spontaneity, is an original record of reality that balances at the interface of painting and photography. The presented works are landscapes. The 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. Painting, unlike photography, gives viewers the opportunity to observe the creative process, which intentionally initiates a form of dialogue. Here, we can see large-format canvases painted over several or dozen times, with wide strips of cool and intense colours with rough and ragged edges. The alternate use of glaze and impasto reveals the following layers of the image going as far deep as its foundation. The great care with which paints have been applied to obtain spatial elements in the texture of the background brings from the works inhomogeneous, albeit intense light, which further emphasizes their vibrating colours. However, these subtle dissolving forms are often violently overlapped with aggressive visual effects, such as the application of a thick layer of paint with a knife, wiping or gouging. Application of these technical measures allows the viewers to engage in aesthetic vivisection of the work and invites them 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 craftmanship follows the power of careful observation. The artist extracts selected elements from a scrap of reality and subjects them to deconstruction by playing with basic formal values such as size, colour or structure. The resulting works entice the viewer with their aesthetics and induce a state of visual contemplation.
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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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