Jacek Kukowski

Jacek Kukowski

Contemporary Polish painter, known to a wide audience. Kukowski’s works are referred to as surrealism or photorealism. He creates in the techniques of drawing and oil painting. His characteristic painting effect is “trompe l’oeil” – an illusion of three-dimensionality perceived by the viewer. He is known for the unusual process of documenting painting activities – saving them in the form of animations. In his work, Kukowski deals with moral and social topics related to death and transience. His works are also a profound study of human nature, and their role is to move the viewer to the maximum. Critics divide the artistic activity of Jarosław Kukowski into three phases: his early work is characterized by extensive, dramatic symbolism. Human figures are deformed and landscapes become surreal. This is a cycle called “dreams”. The next series: “frescoes” is distinguished by the brightening of the painting palette. These are nudes with a hidden feeling of passing and drama in the form of frescoes, under which there are other images, slightly exposed. In the newest period of painting, referred to as “sleepless”, the artist returned to surrealism, irony and provocation.

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