Tomasz Ciecierski

b. 1945, Kraków

Painter, creator of collages, drawings and photographs. A painting graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he was also a lecturer in the 1970s and 1980s. His works are a subversive and analytical “treatise on painting”. He develops his works using multiple fragments of cloth or paper, changing them into patchwork structures. His paintings are full of combinations of formally diverse elements, figural to abstract. Winner of the Jan Cybis Award for 1999, he participated in the 19th and 22nd São Paulo Art Biennials (1987 and 1994) and Documenta 9 in Kassel (1992). He lives and works in Warsaw.

Celeste 414

2000, oil, canvas, 103 × 107 cm

Celeste 414 is a landscape composed of multiple micro-landscapes. It resembles a collection of travel pictures or postcards arranged to form a sentimental composition. Tomasz Ciecierski frequently combines photography with painting, using the blend as a way of analysing and deconstructing the painting. The artist himself has declared, “I simply want this to continue as painting, and for this to be about painting and the process of painting, of applying. There is no point I want to reach and die. To me, this remains unspecified. Maybe this is why I paint and approach the same thing again and again, albeit from different angles.”

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