Wilhelm Sasnal

BORN 1972, Tarnów

Sasnal’s work is inspired by photographs – his own or sourced from the press – as well as the internet, TV, street life, history, music, or the physiology of vision. He also creates drawings and cartoons, usually of autobiographic nature, makes short films in 8 mm and 16 mm formats, mostly poetic, non-narrational pictures in which music plays an important role. His paintings are in prestigious private and public collections, such as the MOMA, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Tate Modern, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Sasnal is the winner of the Vincent van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe 2006. He first studied architecture at the Cracow University of Technology, then painting at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated in 1999 in the studio of Prof. Leszek Misiak. He is a co-founder of the art collective Grupa Ładnie.

untitled (jars)
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Wilhelm Sasnal

untitled (jars)

1999 / oil, canvas / 100 x 100 cm / no. 0028 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 1/ 2 Wróć
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Wilhelm Sasnal depicts an intriguing scene. Perhaps it’s just a glass jar factory, perhaps a chemical plant, as suggested by the workers’ white overalls. The laconic style, visible brush strokes, and simplified colour suggest a documentary purpose rather than an attempt to build an elaborate narrative. The world is composed of an infinite number of tempting, mysterious images. “I find very many pretexts to paint. I find it hard not to succumb to them all. I feel extremely susceptible to images(…) These days I focus more on the painting process itself but that doesn’t mean that one day I won’t abandon it for quick, sketchy images,” explains Sasnal.

untitled (the moon)
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Wilhelm Sasnal

untitled (the moon)

1999 / oil, canvas / 60 x 80 cm / no. 0029 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 2/ 2 Wróć
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The world of Wilhelm Sasnal’s painting has long become far from obvious. His work reaches deep into memory, and not just individual memory, but also collective historical memory. This art has the power of an anarchist manifesto. In Untitled (The Moon), based on an archival image of the lunar landing module, we sense the seriousness of the “giant leap for mankind.” Sasnal has developed a taste for representing historic events and conveying them in an enigmatic, ambiguous form. The visible brush strokes and reduced detail suggest that The Moon is a documentary work, created in a similar fashion as a photographic image.

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