Andrzej Michael Karwacki draws his ideas from Buddhist philosophy, working with an intention of equanimity where it is neither a thought nor an emotion. He creates works of art where the painting expresses immeasurable moods suggested through his use of color and composition. In his development, Andrzej’s painting technique started by looking at the processes of weathering, where wood, paint, and water, meet and dissolve into each other, imitating nature and its material evolution. While the Equanimity work has gravity-driven washes of pigment, the Still Water series uses a palette-knife application, showing a build-up and accumulation.
All his work is presented on 2-inch deep panels, which give them an architectural and sculptural presence on the wall. To accentuate richness of color and surface, Andrzej covers each work with resin, and in so doing, creates a vibrant and luminescent finish on each panel. In his Equanimity Redefined series, Andrzej cuts up paintings on panel, recombining them into a new composition. The resulting work presents a complex array of painting techniques, treatments, and color, in a rhythmic stripe pattern. While details are compelling and draw viewers in for discovery, the linear and narrative aspect keeps the eye moving across, reading the composition like a book that can be read repeatedly with new nuances coming to the fore each time.
In his Chronicle Series, Andrzej adds one more dimension to the process, including strips of collages made from newspapers and magazines to bring fragments of imagery and text into the composition. The collage also serves to ground the work in time and place, with references to San Francisco, Art, Design, and the Bay Area’s contemporary lifestyle in most of them (a few recent pieces incorporate material from European newspapers). These works are unique in that they successfully bring two very different artistic styles, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, into one cohesive composition.
Andrzej Michael Karwacki moved from his native Poland to the United States to study Fine Arts and Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. He moved to the Bay Area in 1994 and has exhibited extensively at Hang Art Gallery, ARC Gallery, Misho Gallery, Secession Art and Design, Minna Gallery, Wonderland, and Mezzanine in San Francisco among others; at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek; Jules Place in Boston; and at SLATE contemporary in Oakland. His work is in private collections internationally and his work is shown regularly at art fairs in London, New York, Miami, and San Francisco.