Henryk Bukowski “Stages”

The exhibition Henryk BUKOWSKI – “Stages”offers a large panorama of artist’s works, ranging from the 1970s to the early 2000s.

Bukowski’s long and successful career can be divided into a few major stages, marked by his journeys and often by important stylistic changes in his art. However, the painter’s evolution is a logical series of experiences on the matter and form, resulting from a completely coherent research rather than from the violent and abrupt changes. Thus, already in the 1970s, his works tend toward abstraction; the artist focuses above all else on the thick matter and limits his palette to the shades of grey, animated here and there by areas of the more lively colors. This trend continues in the 1980s when Bukowski starts insisting more and more on the contrasts between the „incolor” (black or white) areas and the colorful elements and between the smooth parts and the thickening of the matter, which results in the apparition of elements in relief. In the next decade, the artist continues his research on the matter, creating his own techniques and using some particular materials, such as sand. Finally, his works from the 2000s are a conclusion of his artistic research, showcasing the characteristic figures and faces reduced almost to shadows, but also concentrating on the contrasts between colors and materials.

Henryk BUKOWSKI (born BUCZKOWSKI) was born in 1932 in Lorraine in a Polish family. He studied at State Art School in Lodz (Poland), where later on (from 1958 to 1962) he worked also as an assistant of professor Modzelewski. In 1962 Bukowski settled in Paris, where he lived until 1982, before beginning a long period of travels, among others to Zair, Los Angeles (where he lived from 1983 to 1989) and Normandy. In 1990 he settled back in Paris.

Exhibition from May 27th ’till June 25th, 2016.

Opening on May 26th, 2016.