Paweł Kowalewski

BORN 1958, Warszawa

Paweł Kowalewski is one of the co-founders of the now-legendary Gruppa collective, which between 1982-1992 reformulated the Polish painting idiom, lending it an expressive character, vibrant colours, humour, and witty punchlines. These are also the qualities of Kowalewski’s work. He is the author of iconic 1980s paintings such as Mon Cheri Bolsheviq or Where to Hang the Madonna? Kowalewski is a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where in 1983 he earned a degree with an honorary mention in Prof. Stefan Gierowski’s painting studio. He taught for many years at the Academy’s Faculty of Industrial Design. In 2010, he returned to active gallery life following a self-imposed, over fifteen-year-long hiatus, showing at Warsaw’s appendix2 a new series of pieces – creative remakes of his historical works.

Carrot
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Paweł Kowalewski

Carrot

2000 / oil, canvas / 120 x 90 cm / no. 0032 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć
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The composition’s central feature is the image of a carrot, painted in bright orange on a blue background. In the upper right corner is an inscription, broken off at the letter ‘o.’ Is it about the name van Gogh and the genius painter’s favourite colours? Kowalewski likes to play with text; titles, colloquial phrases, idioms, and slogans are an indispensable part of his work. This time, the artist refers to the name of an outstanding painter, a name that acts as an automatic association or a recognised brand.

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