Leon Tarasewicz

BORN 1957, Waliły na Białostocczyźnie

He debuted in 1984 with an exhibition at Warsaw’s Foksal Gallery, with which he remains associated to this day. In his work, he firmly rejects all allusiveness, avoiding the painterly “literature” and leaving his paintings untitled. In recent years, he has been creating “total” paintings, artistic environments that claim the entire exhibition space. He is a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, with a degree in the studio of Prof. Tadeusz Dominik (1984). Since 1996, he has run a painting studio at his alma mater. He represented Poland at the 49th Venice Biennale. Laureate of the Paszport Polityki award(2000), the Jan Cybis Prize (2000), and the Nowosielski Foundation Prize.

untitled (Orange-Blue)
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Leon Tarasewicz

untitled (Orange-Blue)

2000 / acrylic, plywood / 190 x 800 cm / no. 0023 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć
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 “My dream is for paintings to have such control over the viewer that his environment ceases to exist and the painting, unrestricted by any framework, can grow freely, sucking the viewer inside,” the artist once commented on his work. Tarasewicz’s paintings are unframed and although the one in the Foundation’s collection has Although the piece in the Foundation's collection is one of few works by Leon Tarasewicz which can be assigned precise dimensions, it is as “total” as the artist’s monumental spatial installations. The piece reacts to the viewer’s movement, changing colour from blue to orange depending on the angle from which it is viewed. A highly sensual experience of colour is further enhanced by the picture’s intensely textural quality. It is precisely the deep regular furrows that, besides colour itself, serve to build Tarasewicz’s illusory, sensual, painting.

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