Paweł Śliwiński

BORN 1984, Chełm

For Śliwiński, the canvas is a kind of palimpsest: several successive layers, details, and backgrounds are overlapped until he achieves a satisfying composition. But what is “satisfactory” supposed to mean in this case? Artistic categories seem to lose their meaning here and a language describing musical passages, endless improvisations, and jam sessions appears more adequate. In musical improvisation, like in Śliwiński’s painting, a theme can “wander” into completely unexpected regions, utterly changing its character in the process. Śliwiński is a graduate of Prof. Leon Tarasewicz’s studio, at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts' Faculty of Painting.

untitled (Fish)
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Paweł Śliwiński

untitled (Fish)

2007 / oil, canvas / 120 x 140 cm / no. 0084 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 1/ 2 Wróć
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Each of Śliwiński’s pieces are a unique event. As he says himself, he often leaves things up to chance in his paintings; he chooses not to closely control the way the paint trickles down from the brush. The pieces with organic and animal motifs were inspired by old biology atlases. Untitled (Fish) shows disturbing underwater creatures, predatory deep-sea fish that, by means of two perpendicular lines, have been locked away behind the painting’s aquarium glass.

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Paweł Śliwiński

untitled

2008 / oil, canvas / 80 x 65 cm / no. 0085 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 2/ 2 Wróć
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The picture seems to be the result of an artistic hurricane. We see brush strokes going in opposite directions and colours in varying degrees of intensity. The green dominating in the central part is topped by an ultramarine cloud; a black, road-like, narrowing streak stretches from the bottom edge of the painting, suggesting depth perspective. “Śliwiński carries a free dialogue with the history of painting, like a jazz virtuoso who picks up a well-known theme and gives it a unique feel through his personal artistry,” write Piotr Bazylko and Krzysztof Masiewicz in The Contemporary Art Collector’s Guidebook.

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