Hair, Shoulders, Frame
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Piotr Janas

Hair, Shoulders, Frame

2010 / oil, canvas / 120 x 85 cm / no. 0115 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć

Piotr Janas’ artistic method is based on coincidence, for example created by putting two canvases together or an uncontrolled paint spill. And to such 'accidents', the artist adds deliberate action: painting, scratching or cutting the canvas. Coincidental forms are completed by allusions to the real world. His works often suggest something, bring something to mind, but never describe and surely do not explain. They are suspended between abstraction and figuration. Adam Szymczyk asked: “Why do you paint? Where does this come from?”, to which Janas replied: “It’s like diving and trying to find something in the mud at the bottom. I grasp something every once in a while, take it out and say «look!», then I go back under and keep looking for something new”. Piotr Janas’s works do not resemble what was presented in Polish art at the beginning of the 21st century, which at the time was dominated by paintings close to realism and critical art. His artistic practice used to be similar to surrealism, namely the works of Jerzy Tchórzewski, Erna Rosenstein and other artists from the 60’s and 70’s. Critics indicate Janas as the precursor of young artists, such as Jakub Ziółkowski, Tomasz Kowalski and Tymek Borowski.

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