The Artist Talks bring you closer to Daylighted artists. Today, discover Andrzej Michael Karwacki who shared his insights with us!
DAYLIGHTED: tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Eastern Europe, during the communist occupation. There I attended the School for the Arts and Literature. Unconsciously, these primary years were the platform for a deep attraction towards art, poetry and peace as a form of creative preservation. In 1984, I moved to New York and while I was earning my BFA in painting, I had the opportunity to explore everything from sculpture to printmaking, drawings to graphic art. These years were pivotal processing years pushing me towards other areas of creative work. So in addition to art, I completed Masters of Urban Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and later Masters in Psychology with certification in expressive arts.
DAYLIGHTED: how would you describe your painting techniques?
Evolution of each artwork is like music, where each instrument and each painting note adds to another until a composition starts to become felt and visible. And though I direct of how the colors and tones may flow, the creative process is nothing more than a child’s play - I stop when a work of art seems somewhat but not completely complete. In my process, I try to be open to new materials and new concepts of working. When a viewer sees my final art piece, they do not realize, they are looking at something that came from many variations. I often get asked, how long it takes me to create a painting. The answer is simple. It takes 10,000 hours to be an expert in something. When I arrive at a point at which artwork looks the way it does, is not a matter of one single time unit, it is both the evolution of Self-Artist, and the evolution of my 10,000 hours of education and experimentation.
DAYLIGHTED: what inspires your work?
I think, it is the Nature that inspires us all to paint, create, work, heal, help. We just express it differently. Only nature can indeed provide us with limitless ideas and desire for life to continue.
DAYLIGHTED: your work depicts both abstraction and realism (notably through the figure of the woman). Is there a common message you want to convey through all your artworks?
I paint in many different styles. Each expresses different ideas, forms and meanings. However, my artistic direction began to take shape after integrating Eastern spirituality into my artwork. My recent paintings have become Cosmo- centric seeing man and art as an integral part of nature. These concepts are based on Buddhist philosophy and works, with an intention of equanimity that is neither a thought nor an emotion. In Buddhism, equanimity (upekkhā, upekṣhā) is one of the four immeasurables and is considered the steady conscious realization of reality's transience. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being.
Figure, Urban Mix, 01-10
DAYLIGHTED: tell us about the story behind your favorite piece.
I rather not attach to my own paintings. This would be a limitation which would not allow me to be free to destroy and recreate work, to experiment and to evolve. I am not afraid to express appreciation for my paintings, but I rather enjoy the process that it takes to make them.
DAYLIGHTED: how do you hope your art engages your audience? Are there any reflections or opinions you’ve heard about your artwork that surprises you?
Tolstoy mentioned in his bio, that he considers his work successful if reader has his/her own emotional response or connection to his literary works. Perhaps, that is all. If one, in his/her process of contemplation with my abstract paintings is able to experience some sort of emotional connectivity, then perhaps, I succeeded. Either way, Tolstoy simply put it "we cannot fail to observe that art is one of the means of affective communication between people, by words one transmits thoughts to another, by means of art, one transmits feelings."
DAYLIGHTED: what, in your opinion, is the most difficult part of the creative process?
Time….we never have enough “Time" to play and experiment, to create and explore, to achieve new forms of art and to be creative in all forms of life.
Daylighted is a startup company located in San Francisco, CA, founded in 2013 by Alex Cammarano, Elisabeth Mouchy, and Alban Dumouilla. Daylighted provides a contemporary portfolio of thousands of images, videos and animated art. Daylighted plans to bring the artistic diaspora to even more spaces, beginning with high-end venues— because art should be everywhere.
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