Marek Sobczyk

b. 1955, Warsaw

Painter, graphic designer, art theoretician, teacher. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in Prof. Stefan Gierowski’s studio, he co-founded the celebrated Gruppa art collective and is a member of the Zafryki art group alongside Piotr Młodożeniec. He has painted expressive figural compositions rich in colour and texture since 1985. Text, occasionally rhymed, is essential to his work, often as the main composition theme. Active in publishing and advertising graphics, he has published two books on the theory of art: Kurs sublimacji (Sublimation Course) and Kurs abstrakcji (Abstraction Course). He lives and works in Warsaw.

What? Light. How? Ironically

2000, egg tempera, canvas, 180 × 230 cm

What? Light. How? Ironically. is an amusing attempt at portraying a painter’s palette. The upper section of the multi-coloured composition features a list of all colours used in the painting, coloured fields gradually darkening downwards and only approximating the list spreading below. Marek Sobczyk’s gesture serves to emphasise the discrepancy between categories of painting descriptions and what the human eye perceives. “Classic dimensions of analysing and interpreting art are passé,” the artist argues in his trademark ironic style.

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