Jakub Ciężki

Jakub Ciezki

Born in 1979 in Lublin, Poland. Over the period 1988-2003 studied at the Faculty of Arts, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin. Graduated with honours in the painting studio of Prof. Jacek Wojciechowski. Painter, fascinated with industrial landscapes and realistic abstractions. Holder of the “Young Poland 2013” award of the Minister of Culture. Grand Prix holder of 40th Painting Biennale “Bielska Jesień 2011”. His works were sold on the Sotheby’s Art Auction (November 2014). Works at the Faculty of Arts, UMCS in Lublin.

Ciężki paints specific still lifes. The industrial landscape attracts him – he has portrayed radiators, letterboxes, bath, ladders from a children’s playground, fencings, scaffoldings, roofs. Taken out of context, often presented in monochrome background they show shift from a concrete object to the abstraction. Thanks to synthetism, scaling, cropping, composition in which the dominants are rhythms, directions, energy of background, Ciężki takes back from his paintings the value of representation. Geometric and “architectural” paintings of the artist evoke tension, playing with the viewer’s consciousness, showing him what can be found under the surface of things.

Exhibitions at Propaganda:

Genre Scenes
Haven’t We Met Before?
Small is Big
In Between