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Mateusz Budzynski – exploring space and color

Lemko Jerusalem, or Łemkowskie Jeruzalem, is an art initiative in southeastern Poland (Krakow, Gorlice) that has been capturing for the past thirteen years the trends in the contemporary Lemko art community. Its artists draw from their rich culture and look to the outstanding Lemko/Rusyn artists like Nikifor or Warhol, thus exploring their own cultural identity and opening up the secrets of the Lemko culture to the viewers of their artwork.

My Silence by Mateusz Budzynski Source: Courtesy of Mateusz Budzynski
My Silence by Mateusz Budzynski
Source: Courtesy of Mateusz Budzynski

One of the 16 artists who are involved with the project this year is Mateusz Budzynski, who earned a degree in painting in 2000 at the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. He teaches painting and drawing, and has been exhibiting individually and collectively since 1999. His earlier works show influences as different as iconography, abstract expressionism or pop art. In his recent works he focuses, as he says, on the effects a particular arrangement of objects and figures has in a suggested space, through abstraction, raw forms and colors used sparingly, even on the detriment of a more finished execution. But what are these effects? Emptiness, Silence, Despair are what he tells us directly by their titles. Yet in Illumination we feel irony, with Return there is exposure, and Indenpedent leaves us skeptical about the genuineness of the concept. Budzynski’s artistic dream is to paint one dot on a canvas, but he laughs: “Where the hell would I place that dot?”(1)

Jerzy Nowosielski – “painting is a sacred act”

When researching Jerzy Nowosielski, I suddenly wasn’t certain which type of works of this world-renowned Lemko painter and historian I should show you in this post. The highly abstract nudes or the biblical scenes?

His devout faith lead him to creating icons and religious paintings for churches in Poland, his strong ties to the Lemko region informed his creativity through and through. His secular art is intense and bold in color, subject matter and composition – and I came across some pretty heavy-worded and quite contradictory interpretations of his works. It always makes me wonder how much of such analyses the artist really intended. His religious pieces are without any pretension or conspicuous elaborateness. The figures tend to stand against plain backgrounds and all the focus is on them – on their interaction, or distance, their facial expressions, if any, and the effect of the dominant colors.

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