Tomasz Ciecierski

BORN 1945, Kraków

Tomasz Ciecierski’s paintings are a mischievous yet insightful “treaty on painting.” The artist composes his pieces using many fragments of canvas or paper, turning his paintings into patchwork-like structures. His work is full of juxtapositions of formally different elements – from figural to abstract. There is no single point of view and no single visual reality in Ciecierski’s paintings. He graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, earning his diploma in Prof. Krystyna Łada-Studnicka’s studio in 1971. He taught at the Academy in the years 1972-1985. In 1981 and 1983, he was on a scholarship at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and in 1990-1991, at the Musée d’Art Contemporain w Nîmes. He took part in the 19th and 22nd São Paulo Biennale (1987 and 1994) and in Documenta 9 in Kassel (1992).

Celeste 414
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Tomasz Ciecierski

Celeste 414

2000 / oil, canvas / 103 x 107 cm / no. 0030 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć
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Celeste 414 is a landscape composed of many micro-landscapes. The painting resembles a collection of travel photos or postcards that have been arranged into a sentimental, emotional composition. The different parts of the piece overlap, fragments of a clear sky neighbouring on a hastily sketched theatrical play of lights on the horizon. Drawing from photographs, a procedure Ciecierski often uses, is for him a means of analysing and deconstructing painting. As the artist claims, “I simply want it to be painting, I want it to be about painting and about the process of painting, of applying. There is no satisfactory point that I could reach which would make me 'ready to die'. For me, it still remains a mystery and that’s perhaps why I keep painting and keep approaching the same thing, but from different directions”.

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