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Wilkoń at Quadrillion
July 6, 2018   
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On 6th June the vernissage of one of the most highly regarded Polish artists, winner of numerous national and international awards and distinctions, Józef Wilkoń, took place.

The exhibition was officially opened by the owner of the gallery Carmen Tarcha who led a meeting with the popular actor and host of the hit TV show “Familiada" (Family Feud), Karol Strasburger. The guests were invited to enter the fairy tale world of nature, its biological and zoomorphic forms, the abundance of colours, patterns and compositions.

On display are the most recent works of the artist from the last few months, including a vast collection of illustrations, as well as a few wooden sculptures. Among the spatial creations the one-to-one scale elk aroused the most interest. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the artist, who is able to magically conjure up his fantastic animals with just a few cuts of the saw, was also admired.

The other exhibits on the two levels of the gallery consist of three topically and formally coherent series of illustrations which refer to the land of the Middle East and the sea world. The figures of the horses, Ali Baba and his 40 comrades, as well as fish reflect Wilkoń’s skilfulness in capturing the ambience of the scenes and their dynamics. The elaborate strokes and perfect use of the colour, the diverse composition variants which are close to film shots reflect the craftsmanship of the author. What is more, in all his works the artist expresses his devotion to nature, love to animals and the respect for all living creatures.

WIlkoń is undoubtedly one of those few creators who is able to turn our attention to the forces of nature, not only as a biological phenomenon, but also to its mystical and aesthetic dimension. The characters of his works are the carriers of the truth about the universal laws governing the world. They are the mirror reflecting the human soul, which makes one think of precious stones forming a multicoloured mosaic.

The exhibition in the Quadrillion Gallery is an overview of the previous achievements of the author who has been continually active on the Polish art scene for several dozen decades. His illustrations and sculptures keep on astonishing us with the multitude and diversity of artistic expression. Through his attitude, charisma and creative personality Wilkoń touches, inspires and mesmerizes his viewers.

Carmen Tarcha, Karol Strasburger, Józef Wilkoń

Józef Wilkoń
An illustrator, painter, sculptor, creator of posters and stage sets. He was born on February 12th 1930 in Bogucice near Wieliczka. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (graduated in 1955) and history of art at Jagiellonian University (graduated in 1954 ). He illustrated more than 100 books for children and adults in Poland (including Pan Tadeusz in 1973) and more than 80 books for children abroad.
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