Polish-Canadian artist Krzysztof Doniewski creates exhilarating oils. Unfettered by concepts of style or the constraints of the rational mind, impulsivity and intensity are the Krzysztof trademarks. His canvases celebrate the expressionistic and impressionistic impulse to capture life in paint.
Born in 1957, Krzysztof spent his first 24 years in Kielce, a small industrial city between Warsaw and Krakow. Canada sowed the seed of hope for a self-chosen destiny. By 1983, Krzysztof made the move towards his secret childhood love: Art. He enrolled at the Alberta College of Art, where pragmatic courses in graphic arts were soon eclipsed by a sudden passion for figure drawing. Exhilarated and inspirited by his work with models, Krzysztof began to galvanize all his energies into painting. What followed was an explosion. He experiments with colour, materials, styles. Winters in Mexico and Costa Rica throughout the 90s and early 2000s fuelled his appreciation of warmth, water, freedom, abundance and fecundity. Returns to the Old Country and his grandparent’s farm nurtured Krzysztof’s love of simple people, lush countryside and an earthy existence. After twenty years his approach to each canvas remains fresh and pure.
The act of painting, for me, is a state of exaltation. I trick my conscious mind out of its habitual perceptions, by distraction, by amusement, by turning the canvas upside down or painting when the sun goes down and I can barely see the colours on my palette. I seek a certain vibration in a work of art, by working quickly. I like to feel a kind of aggressive reality, when beauty bursts with grace, or when stillness is euphoric and exhilarating. How would I describe my style? Look quickly at my paintings, and you might think they lean towards impressionism. Notice the speed with which the strokes of the brush touch the canvas. But perhaps they are expressionistic, too, as I convey my state of being or my moods. I can’t be consistent. What is important is colour. And music. Perhaps I am a Fauvist, too.
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