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Bulls, Life and Death
February 18, 2009 By M.H.    
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Bulls is the title of the latest exhibition of paintings by Michał Kli¶, until now mostly know as a graphic artist. The oil paintings of these animals are kept within a black and white color scale, with a predominance of white and gray, with a few subtly introduced blue and red elements.

These majestic animals are depicted with a great deal of respect by the artist. This respect for nature, which developed during a childhood spent within an austere mountain environment, has undoubtedly exerted its influence on his view of the relations between the realm of humans and that of animals.

The geometrized animal figures are on the one hand a pretext for contemplating the composition and the organization of canvas space, and on the other they are also a deep reflection on death and its processes. Color fills only certain spots, underlining the mood and the dramatic character of the composition.

Kli¶ was born in Bielsko-Biała in 1945, his childhood was spent in the village of Łodygowice in the Beskidy mountains. He graduated in 1974 from the Katowice Graphic Arts Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. He started teaching at the same time and is currently a professor at the Katowice Academy of Fine Arts. He works in poster design, painting and graphic arts.

Bielsko-Biała, Galeria Bielska BWA, 11, 3-go Maja St., until March 8
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