Łukasz Korolkiewicz

BORN 1948, Warszawa

The substance of Korolkiewicz’s paintings is photographic. Since the mid-1970s, the artist has created his work by reproducing slides projected onto canvas; at other times, he uses photographic compositions, especially self-portraits, as basis for paintings. The critics view Korolkiewicz as a continuator of the Romantic tradition of Polish painting, but also of modernism. In his work he has often depicted the life of Cracow’s bohemian community, as well as Poland’s socio-political transformation, the martial law era, and Solidarity activities. Korolkiewicz graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, earning a degree in painting in Prof. Stefan Gierowski’s studio in 1971. In the mid-1970s, he started using photographs in his work, a practice he continues to this day. Since the 1980s, he has taught painting at his alma mater’s Faculty of Industrial Design.

Strip of Ash
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Łukasz Korolkiewicz

Strip of Ash

1997 / oil, canvas / 136 x 190 cm / no. 0051 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć
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Łukasz Korolkiewicz's work has been compared to the mysterious creations by the masters of Polish modernist painting: Józef Mehoffer and Jacek Malczewski. Strip of Ash is an example of how the artist executes such "old-fashioned" strategy. The title is misleading, suggesting that we see a line of ash spilled on a forest road, however intuition tells us it is actually a rapid stream… The soft patches of moss, grass, and light arrange themselves into an almost abstract pattern. The angle from which we view the scene creates the impression that the picture ‘flows’ towards us. Through the presention of a female figure, the artist confronts the viewer with themes of adolescence and nascent sexuality, recurring motifs in his work.

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