Tomasz Kowalski

BORN 1984, Szczebrzeszyn

Tomasz Kowalski uses classic painting compositions and themes, as well as drawing on the traditions of Renaissance and Surrealist art. He likes to give his pieces an aged look and uses vintage materials, creating the impression that his paintings come from beyond time. He filters painting history through his own unique language that brings to mind a dream reality, full of elaborate metaphors and details. Kowalski is a graduate of Prof. Leszek Misiak’s studio at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts' Faculty of Painting. He debuted in 2006 at Cracow’s Nova Gallery. He has had solo exhibitions at the Pies gallery in Poznań, the BWA in Zielona Gora, and at Berlin’s carlier gebauer.

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Tomasz Kowalski

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2008 / oil, canvas / 210 x 170 cm / no. 0085 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć
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“An invented picture contains its own truth” – the quote from Giordano Bruno was mentioned by Kowalski in an interview in reference to his own painting. It can serve as an apt recapitulation of the work of an artist whose paintings tell unique stories. The piece in the ING Foundation’s collection is full of intriguing mysteries. Is the figure in the picture the spirit of Charles Blondin, the world’s most famous tightrope walker, the first one to cross the Niagara Falls? Flora weaves its way from the top of the painting to the bottom, the acrobat balancing on one hand, inky darkness below. The scene is full of tension. The viewer is gripped with anticipation of what the finale of the acrobatics will be. The culmination can only take place in the imagination.

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