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Opening of the exhibition "Bees" at the Solvay Contemporary Art Center in Krakow, November 2017
For the first time in many years I painted a set still life. There was a jug of sunflowers on the window sill in the studio, not a picture, but real flowers. The painting was very difficult and had several phases, realistic in the horizontal, expressive in the vertical direction and ended with abstraction. A lot of paint, a lot of color, thick texture. Abstraction best reflected the nature of my sunflowers. After Van Gogh, only abstract sunflowers can exist.
This is a work from a series that was created by painting the previous painting. The last layer is abstract. it is a farewell to artwork that did not stand the test of time.That is why on the back there is a painted old signature. I do not want to remember the previous layer. The abstract layer is the most important.
For the first time in many years I painted a set still life. There was a jug of sunflowers on the window sill in the studio, not a picture, but real flowers. The painting was very difficult and had several phases, realistic in the horizontal, expressive in the vertical direction and ended with abstraction. A lot of paint, a lot of color, thick texture. Abstraction best reflected the nature of my sunflowers. After Van Gogh, only abstract sunflowers can exist.
This is a work from a series that was created by painting the previous painting. The last layer is abstract. it is a farewell to artwork that did not stand the test of time.That is why on the back there is a painted old signature. I do not want to remember the previous layer. The abstract layer is the most important.
Opening of the exhibition "Bees" at the Solvay Contemporary Art Center in Krakow, November 2017
Back of the artwork with a painted signature of the previous work.
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Sunflowers (still life) Painting

Grażyna Smalej

Poland

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 39.4 W x 47.2 H x 0.6 D in

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For the first time in many years I painted a set still life. There was a jug of sunflowers on the window sill in the studio, not a picture, but real flowers. The painting was very difficult and had several phases, realistic in the horizontal, expressive in the vertical direction and ended with abstraction. A lot of paint, a lot of color, thick texture. Abstraction best reflected the nature of my sunflowers. After Van Gogh, only abstract sunflowers can exist. This is a work from a series that was created by painting the previous painting. The last layer is abstract. it is a farewell to artwork that did not stand the test of time.That is why on the back there is a painted old signature. I do not want to remember the previous layer. The abstract layer is the most important.

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I move between different styles, combining abstraction with figuration. Concerning themes and my color palette, I have no restrictions, with one exception: I avoid dramatism in depicted situations. Only the scale between extensive backgrounds and minor human figures or vehicles is constant. I am inspired by Dutch painting, especially by Peter Breughel. I like to think of my paintings as a kind of poetry without words. http://www.artminnow.com/index.php/2017/04/14/a-conversation-with-grazyna-smalej/

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