Friday, September 16, 2011

Zdzisław Beksiński - Polish artist

Zdzisław Beksiński 24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor who is best known as a fantasy artist. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a 'Baroque' or a 'Gothic' manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his 'fantastic realism' period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, nightmarish environment. The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksiński's later paintings. Beksiński was murdered in 2005.

I do not want to rub people the wrong way but I love this if you look at the images with in his art works they are really beautiful and dark at the same time, there seems to be a lot of death bought to life with in them, so it's kind of a romantic notion that he was murdered to me, as if he is having a numbed premonition of his future through his art work! ahahaha sorry but that's what i think.

Despite the grim overtones, Beksiński claimed some of his works were misunderstood; in his opinion, they were rather optimistic or even humorous. For the most part, though, Beksiński was adamant that even he did not know the meaning of his artworks and was uninterested in possible interpretations; in keeping with this, he refused to provide titles for any of his drawings or paintings. Before moving to Warsaw in 1977, he burned a selection of his works in his own backyard, without leaving any documentation on them. He later claimed that some of those works were "too personal", while others were unsatisfactory, and he didn't want people to see them. And I think they contain alot of Fantastic Realism and are quite ahead of their time!

On 21 February 2005, Beksiński was found dead in his flat in Warsaw with 17 stab wounds on his body; two of the wounds were determined to have been fatal. Robert Kupiec (the teenage son of his longtime caretaker), who later pleaded guilty, and a friend were arrested shortly after the crime. On 9 November 2006 Robert Kupiec was condemned to 25 years in prison, and his accomplice, Łukasz Kupiec, to 5 years by the court of Warsaw. Before his death, Beksiński refused a small loan to Robert Kupiec (a few hundred złotys; approximately $100).

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree Ms. Grace, these are some of the best aret pieces I have ever seen ! If you like things like this you might possibly like Maxim Veherins artworks :D Excellent Gallery and thanks for the info