Posts Tagged ‘Poland’

Artist of the moment….Wilhelm Sasnal

Wilhelm Sasnal is a contemporary artist born in Tarnow, Poland in the year 1972. Sasnal is renown for his modern imagery and paints in oils and acrylics. For his collegiate education Sasal studied architecture at the Cracow Polytechnic in Poland. After this he did attend the Academy of Fine Arts located in Cracow where he studied art. Sasnal works in various mediums including drawing, painting, photography, lithography,  and video.

The artist remains based out of Tarnow, Poland.

For subject matter Sasnal works with anything imaginable from portraits to the banal images taken from the internet.

As Sasnal has improved as a painter the artist also has become more interested in using film as a primary medium. He has created feature length works and even a short film featuring the group Sonic Youth.

In this clip we meet up with our great friend and fellow admirer of all things art, James Kalm, for a show featuring Wilhelm Sasnal:

Price range information:  Works range from $3,000 to $450,000.

In this clip a curator talks about the artist:

Andy Warhol would be proud to see this artist as he works in so many mediums!

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Artist of the moment……Crochet Street Artist Olek also known as Agata Oleksiak

Olek was born in Ruda Slaska, Poland and is renown for what can be called “crochet graffiti.” Using bold color choices that in the end make her work a bit on the Pop Art side, Olek is renown for covering objects with her camouflage style crochet.  Olek hand crochets all her fabric so she works on a smaller scale than Christo and Jeanne- Claude.

For her collegiate education Olek atteneded Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.

Installed her work over the famous wall street bull in 2010.

Has done performance art at the Whitney Museum of Art.

Has sold work to the National Endowment for the Arts.

Olek first started to use crochet in her artwork beginning in 2003.

If I were to compare her work to another artist it would be the wonderful husband and wife team,Christo and Jean Claude. The couple was renown for wrapping items as large as giant buildings. Below an example of the couple’s “wrapping” style which for the most part used fabric to cover subjects. Christo started his career by covering furniture and oil drums, after he met his future wife the couple decided to tackle bigger subjects.

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And here a quick clip to review some other artworks by the couple. The couple and Olek have a remarkably similar style.

In this awesome clip we visit an interior of a room that has been covered with the art of Olek.

And in this clip we visit a taxi covered by Olek.

And here we have a collaboration with a rickshaw caddy.

Artist of the moment…..Witold K

Witold K was born in Warsaw, Poland in the year 1932. Witold K was raised mainly by his grandparents as his mother died upon his birth. His grandfather was even a member of Polish Parliamentary government.

To help him learn English Witold K was an avid Scrabble player!

For his artistic education the artist attended Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

1964 Witold K is sent to Paris, France by the Polish Minister of Culture. The artist smuggled writings of the those that disagreed with the governments of Poland and the Soviet Union. The artist helped bring these thoughts to the West.

For his acts Witold K received an award from the United States, but was then banned from returning to Poland.

Witold K moved to New York city in 1968. A year later he would move to California. He opened his first gallery in Beverly Hills.

In 1980 the artist moved to Denver, Colorado.

In 1997 the mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb proclaimed May 15th Witold K day. At the time it was his 65th birthday and the mayor wanted to recognize the donation to the artistic community of  Denver.

A documentary film is being shot talking about the life history and artistic journey of the artist.

In this great clip we listen to Witold K talk about a painting for auction at Sotheby’s. His dream job was to be the director of a zoo as he loved animals. We also learn about a wonderful painting inspired by his grandfather.

A link to Witold K’s own website:  http://www.witoldk.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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