Mikołaj Obrycki

Mikołaj Obrycki

Poznań, Poland

About Mikołaj Obrycki

Mikolaj Obrycki was born in Szczecin. From 1997 to 2003 he studied painting, graphics and sculpture at Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. He gained his degree in painting in the art studio of professor Jerzy Kalucki. He had started to exhibit his works long before he commenced his education at the Academy. The first exhibition of his paintings was held in his hometown, Szczecin, in 1994. Obrycki’s paintings, no matter if figurative or abstract are always unrestrained and free in their way of presenting the subject. His paintings inspired by music deserve special attention. It might be this particular combination of the painter’s talent and musical education the Author has gained that helps to convey his message with aid of minimal means and suggestive music. He is one of the most talented painters of young generation.

MOKO CITY June 28, 2013, Warsaw

Frantic and mysterious areas of the city of Moko. Its beautiful lakes becoming one and then splitting suddenly, with their bottoms reaching the very ends of the universe. And the roads there, some - just streams of fire and rubber, motion apprehended in a single frame; other – organic shapes flying like crazy, thousands of suns, unidentified celestial objects in the hyperspace. Remains of civilizations lost in time, adorned with lightning discharges, sunk in Utopia! And the air filling the space at the intersections of the micro- and macroworlds, emitting light in the most unseen colours! And all this because light is a medium that space is made and unmade by.
Nothing is rooted in the void, take it for a fact. The world we know, one we are used to locate on the edge of the universe in our wildest fantasies, is always contextualized. That edge is hard to discern, which explains why I often experience difficulties trying to differentiate between the things I see. Sitting down by the banks of the Vistula river I come to think that sometimes watching is all I've got. I’m staring at the ever-changing slimy water surface, and that’s all I need now. The colours of ships passing by, a balloon high above in the air, the skies. It’s all right here. None of it is present in my studio, but it can be recreated there. Sometimes it might seem that recreating that space on a piece of canvas gives you the exact same impression you have while sitting by the river bank. The art of painting, however, is not just about confronting visual puzzles. Responsiveness is all that matters. As Cezanne once wrote to young Bernard, disposition is crucial for painters. This is why a painting can be compared to a collection of memories belonging to its author looking at it, a truly striking collection at that. Even if such a painting was created as a contradiction to the feelings the author was experiencing toward himself during the process of creation. And this is why painting is such an extraordinary medium. It transfers us to a different time filled with different feelings and thoughts. Just enter a great empty hall with ancient portraits on the walls and try to feel the time unknown, remote and sealed off. Mere pieces of wood and canvas are the only tools there that would allow you to grasp it for a short while. For the truly deep meaning is always at hand. It is inextricably woven into what we crave the most. It can be found in any given matter. It can be made of our memories too. But the ridiculously low number of images we can recall throughout our lives. And out of those, how many we are able to remain aware of. All this accounts for those incessant attempts I make to recreate the space I saw in the past. Great quantities and small distances merge into one. The mistakes I make while in frantic action seem to do the job for me, as if by accident. I can feel the greatest artistry is round the corner, it is coming now, although unintentionally. It is there, in all those places it cannot be seen; and yet it has already emerged and would never cease to amaze


Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan - Faculty of Painting

Critic: Ewa Herniczek
What lies behind the horizon? About Mikolaj Obrycki's paintings
Echoes of the classics sound in Mikolaj Obrycki's paintings. From single objects similar to Monett's, blue figures of Picasso and his Harlequins, through synthetic landscapes of Nicolas de Stael, compositions of T.P. Potworowski and simple scenes of Jozef Czapski - all of these motives and forms that state a direct connection with these great predecessors appear in Mikolaj's works. We cannot, however, put his works into plain comparison with the classics of the kind. We can find a specific liberal attitude - most clearly seen in "Birds" and "Friends", or in the animal motives and bar scenes - a frequent topic of his works. The other side of his works can be seen in his landscapes, in which synthetically treated form and radically simple compositions seem to reflect the inspirations coming from the far eastern paintings. The simplicity of the form comes with the aware, and often very sublime, usage of paint that contributes to the expression of these synthetically treated forms. Color sensitivity and very good technique are no doubt his attributes.

A chronological review of Mikolaj Obrycki's works shows the evolution of painting forms and techniques used by him, from expressive, spontaneous , sometimes even extravagant solutions, through aware reduction of means of expression, up to more intentionally built compositions in which form, color and light merge to create a clear expression.


2019 Szczecin Philharmonic Gallery ''Recurring dreams'' https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=121440226644&set=a.10156292234486645
2019 Galeria Garbary, ''Monochromy''. Poznań https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=121440226644&set=a.10156973345161645
2019.Galeria Belle Arte, ''Mijanie'', Warszawa
2018 Udział w Ogólnopolskim Konkursie Filmów niezależnych OKFA: ''Powracające sny".
2016 Fundacja Czapski Art foundation, ''Master Shot'', Poznań
2016 Arteon, :"Kurs na niezależność" Karoliny Staszak
2015 Galeria Browarna Łowicz, 2014 Garbary Gallery, "Mirror", Poznań
2012 Bochenska Gallery, "Anecdotes", Warsow
2012 Perlegal Gallery, "New paintings", Poznań,
2012 Galeria Garbary 48, "Witkacy", Poznań
2011 Gusthaus, Ramin, \l "Niemcy, wystawa towarzyszaca obchodom SOJ
2011 Schowek Gallery, " Okolice Jazz'u", Szczecin
2011 Palac w Lubostroniu, "Okresy tworczosci", Lubostron
2011 Polswiss Art, Warszawa
2011 BWA, "Metamorfozy", Sieradz
2010 Udział w Festiwau Polskiego Malarstwa Współczesnego, Szczecin
2010 Perlegal Gallery, Poznań
2010 Art Galle Gallery, Szczecin
2010 Napiórkowska Gallery, ''Malarstwo'', Warszawa
2010 Galeria Piano Bar Stary Browar, "Inimene", Poznań
2010 Andersia, "Andersia project", Poznań
2009 "Celebrities"
2007 Andersia Tower Project
2007 Digital Culture, Warszawa
2007 Art Fair Sollentuna, Stockholm
2006 The Polish Theatre Gallery, Poznań
2006 Art Du Nu, Art Fair, Paris
2006 AWC Gallery, Warszawa
2006 Art Space Gallery, London
2006 Sculpture Gallery, Gdańsk
2005 Rodan, Warszawa
2005 Galeria Sainte Marthe, Paris
2005 Gallery Hansgrohe - Aquademia
2004 BWA, Legnica
2004 Galeria JDJ-Bachalski, Warsaw
2004 Participation in R Gallery, Poznań
2004 Art Fair Sollentuna
2004 Dune art Gallery, Kopenhaga
2001 Arsenal BWA - Jubileusz Galerii Polony, Poznań
2000 Polony and Fabrik Gallery, Poznań
2000 Stary Browar. Pos Auspicjami Kulczyk Art Foundation.
1994 First Floor Cafe Gallery, ''First exhibition''. Szczecin