Andrzej Michael Karwacki

Studio 140

“My artistic direction began to take shape after integrating Eastern spirituality into my artwork. My recent paintings have become Cosmo- centric seeing man and art as an integral part of nature. These concepts are based on Buddhist philosophy and works, with an intention of equanimity that is neither a thought nor an emotion. In Buddhism, equanimity (upekkhā, upekṣhā) is one of the four immeasurables and is considered the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being.

There is a push and pull that develops in my paintings, one color at a time. Each step is an inspiration for the next. My composition develops freely allowing my paintings to form from the depths of the creative process. The essence of each work carries its own unique direction. The layers of each work suggest a complex interconnectivity of man’s own marking with nature. With this approach, a unique network of color and organic lines develop a contemporary language defining the nature of man’s own being.

In my current series of paintings, I have literally reconstructed my paintings to embrace the underlying order and harmonic balance that supports the organic and at times chaotic nature of life. The style is created by the application of paint with a palette knife to thin wooden boards, which are consequently cut up into strips and collaged together in a different order thereby creating more graffiti like painting landscape, reading the composition like a book that can be read repeatedly with new nuances coming to the fore each time.

The resulting work presents a complex array of mark-making and painterly gestures, and color, in a rhythmic stripe pattern. The work itself is presented on 2-inch deep panels, which gives them an architectural and sculptural presence on the wall. To accentuate richness of color and surface, each work is covered with several coats of resin and in so doing, creates a vibrant and luminescent finish.

In the Chronicle Series, the process includes additional step of including strips of collages made from various newspapers and magazines to bring fragments of images and text into composition. The collage also serves to ground the work in time and place, with references to Art, Poetry and The City contemporary lifestyle. These works capture pursuit of a type of art that was perceived in The “New American Painters” movement as being distinctly American. In style, they bring to mind works of John Chamberlain and Mark di Suvero who have similarly prioritized spontaneity and expressive force. My work goes step beyond and successfully combines two very different artistic styles, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, into one cohesive composition.”

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