Marcin Stosik. Paintings and drawings

September 14, 2007 - October 05, 2007

aTAK Gallery invites you to a retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings by Marcin Stosik. The exhibition will feature over 50 works, among which will be both early studies and painter's drafts as well as the artist's mature works from the last years of his life. The painter's work, which ended with his premature death in April 2006, is complicated both in formal and ideological terms. His oils and drawings, inspired by Polish, European and American art, contain numerous literary and biographic themes.

This exhibition encompasses what are the most characteristic of Marcin Stosik's works, namely symbolic figural scenes, full of sadness and melancholy, as well as psychological portraits and landscapes. This rich legacy characterized by a dreamy atmosphere, superb technique and painter's culture is situated by critics and art historians first and foremost in the tradition of symbolism, photo-realism and expressionism. Marcin Stosik's multi-thematic and philosophical works, combined with a tragic biographic plot, are existential in their dimension.

A posthumous unveiling of the artist's life work took place in Poznan's U Jezuitów (Jesuits) Gallery in April 2007, on the first anniversary of the painter's death. The works presented in the aTAK Gallery come from those in the possession of the artist's family as well as private collections.

Marcin Stosik was born in Żnin in 1968. In the years 1983-1988, he attended the Fine Arts School in Bydgoszcz. Between 1990 and 1995 he studied at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznan, graduating with distinction from the painting studio of Prof. Jacek Waltoś. From 1993 he worked as an assistant at this same School. From 2003, he was an assistant professor in the painting studio of Prof. Tomasz Psuja at the Poznan Academy of Fine Arts. His work centred round painting and drawing. He died on April 14th 2006 in Poznan.


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