Dariusz Labuzek’s primitive-style paintings are inherently figurative, yet their naive imagery is predominantly design orientated, has an illustrative quality that is founded on an abstract painterly aesthetic. This juxtaposition of abstraction and design is what makes his pictures so compelling, his figures created as vessels to be filled by textures, colors, and ideas, beautiful compositions that conspire to feed our desire for aesthetically beautiful objects.
Feeding of a very sculptural sensibility – possibly informed by his training as an architect and filmmaker – Labuzek repeats the same motifs in his paintings, yet each picture is utterly different, his starting point the relationship between painterly concepts such as texture, color, line, and form; This play on ideas gives him space to explore how we see a painting, the depth and nuance of material as well as the potential it has to manipulate how we view the picture plane. Some of his figures look like a cut out or a collage, the rest more illustrative in nature.
This freedom of expression, of looking to articulate the emotional and poetic quality of an image through painterly concepts, is a subject that has preoccupied many artists throughout the 20th century, some of whom have laid the foundation for Labuzek’s own creative journey, such as Pablo Picasso, Antonio Tapies, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agusti Puig, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Artur Nacht-Samborski, Cy Twombly, Zdzisław Beksinski, Jacek Göttel, Richard Diebenkorn, Jackson Pollock as well as Zhou Brothers, Roger Ballen, and Gerhard Richter. Labuzek continues in the tradition of these great artists, as a painter who is in love with his medium, in the possibilities that lie in brush and paint, in the potential that an abstract world of strange humanoid figures can lead us into a world that lightens up our own imagination. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
He lets himself be carried away without resistance in the direction indicated by the hand of intuitive lines, color, and form. His stimulating expression of the environment brings each viewer into an effervescent, playful, and exciting world full of organic forms and shapes. Each piece might be a peculiar exploration of botanical, animal, and human shapes.
Somewhat the combination of illustrative and abstract styles gives his work a dreamy quality that transports the imagination into a whole other world that is waiting to be discovered. Working primarily with acrylic, Dariusz emphasizes imaginative organic shapes composed with unique dexterity. These qualities, along with the creative contrast of muted and vibrant colors, make his work resonate emotionally.
Dariusz was born in Poland and studied architecture at the Institute of Technology in Cracow. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 and attended a film and theater program at Humboldt State University in California.
In 1992 he moved to Chicago.
In 2015, he was honored to be featured by Saatchi Art in their "Invest in Art" series, which introduces the public to exceptional emerging artists from around the world.
In 2016 Dariusz Labuzek relocated to San Francisco Bay Area.
You can currently view his artwork by appointment at his studio in the San Francisco Bay Area and at Artspace 8 Gallery on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.
Desta Art Gallery
June 22th – August 1st
Reception: June 29, 6pm-8pm
April 24th 2018 6-8 pm
900 N Michigan Ave, 3rd & 4th floor, Chicago IL 60611
The Other Art Fair Los Angeles
March 15-18, 2018
at the historic Majestic Downtown
Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair Los Angeles will showcase work by 110 emerging and independent artists.
Exhibitions and Art Shows
2018 :: "Fragmented" Group Show at Artspace8 in Chicago,IL
2018 :: The Other Art Fair Los Angeles, Ca
2016 :: Solo Show at 111 Mina Gallery, San Francisco Ca
2015 :: Artspace 8 Gallery :: 900 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
2014 :: Degenerate Art Gallery :: 5554 N. Wintrop Ave, Chicago, IL
2014 :: Multikulti Art Show :: 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
2013 :: Chicago International Hotel & Tower :: 401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
2013 :: “Art for Heart III" Fundraising Exhibit :: Polish Museum of America, 984 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
2013 :: Degenerate Art Gallery :: 5554 N. Wintrop Ave, Chicago, IL
2013 :: Gallery Bar :: 738 North Clark St, Chicago, IL
2013 :: Copernicus Center :: 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL
2012 :: Design Cloud :: 118 N Peoria St, Chicago, IL
2012 :: “Art for Heart II" Fundraising Exhibit :: Polish Museum of America, 984 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
2011 :: Design Cloud :: 118 N Peoria St, Chicago, IL
2011 :: “Art for Heart I" Fundraising Exhibit :: Polish Museum of America, 984 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
2011 :: MAAF Milwaukee Avenue Art Festival :: 2644 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
2011 :: Zhou B Art Center - Chicago Art Matrix Gallery - Solo Exhibition - "Socialites & Other Works"
2011 :: "Unzipped" :: The Society for Arts Gallery, 1112 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
2011 :: EN V Luxury Apartments + FACTIO event
2010 :: Group Show :: Gallerie MK, 750 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL
2010 :: Solo Exhibition :: Phoenix Art Gallery, 1829 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL
2010 :: Murphy Hill Gallery :: 3333 W Arthington St, Chicago, IL
1999 :: Group Exhibition :: Around the Coyote Gallery, 1515 W Haddon Ave, Chicago, IL
1998 :: Solo Exhibition :: Café Lura, 3184 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
1997 :: Solo Exhibition :: Pink Crocodile Cafe, 6004 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL
1997 :: Solo Exhibition :: Buona Fortuna Café, 1540 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
1989 :: Grand Prix Architectural Contest :: Graz State University , Graz, Austria
1989 :: Gallery Exhibition :: School of Architecture, Cracow , Poland
1989 :: International Young Artist Show :: Montreal, Canada
1988 :: University Art Fair :: Zurich, Switzerland
1988 :: Community Center Art Show :: Jaworzno, Poland
1987 :: Art Exhibition :: Sarbinowo, Poland