Jarosław Modzelewski

BORN 1955, Warszawa

Jarosław Modzelewski’s artistic path could be summarised shortly: from wildness to classicism. In 1982, he co-founded the neo-expressionist Gruppa collective, which combined painting with socio-political commentary, incorporating humour, pastiche, and irony in their work. In the mid-1990s, his style changed: the backgrounds becoming simpler, the colours more intense. With his depiction of simple activities and his fascination with daily life, Modzelewski had a powerful influence on the generation of painters that debuted in the late 1990s, such as the members of the Ładnie collective. Modzelewski graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1980, having earned his degree in painting with Prof. Stefan Gierowski. In 1997, he assumed the chair of painting at his alma mater.

The Bench
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Jarosław Modzelewski

The Bench

2000 / egg tempera, canvas / 183 x 231 cm / no. 0033 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć
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Critics call Jarosław Modzelewski a painter of the icons of everyday life. His works depict ordinary events, simple gestures, such as looking out of the window, taking a walk, meeting people. The stories take place in simplified, symbolic settings. Such is also The Bench – an image of the interior of a church. Using the simplest, most economical means, the painter represents a metaphoric, unique space. He uses flat and decorative modelling, and emphasises the picture’s austerity by employing the historical technique of egg tempera.

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