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About the artist
Bartosz Frączek invites us to re-discover nature, as with his art, he allows us to travel around the world and experience the vast diversity of fauna and flora. His paintings are inhabited by diverse exotic and domestic animals that roam the well-known (ordinary) gardens and distant jungles. The key theme of Frączek’s paintings is our complicated and sometimes contradictory vision(s) of nature(s). As Timothy Morton puts it, „The more we study it, the more we see that, beyond the fact that many different people have many different opinions about it, nature flickers between things-it is both/and or neither/nor. This flickering affects how we write about it. Nature is … animals, trees, the weather … the bioregion, the ecosystem. It is both the set and the contents of the set. It is the world and the entities in that world.”
When we think about nature, we sometimes perceive it as wild, untamed, or even dangerous, as something we cannot never fully control. However, on the other hand, we believe that nature obeys our will, that we can shape it, and use it for our own purposes – for instance, for decoration, just like in French gardens in which the natural growth of plants was organized by the strict geometry.”
When we think about these two contrasting visions, we realize that they are both projections of our cultural understanding of nature – and that they are both, to some extent, true and false at the same time. The contradictory visions of nature are present in Frączek’s paintings in which the viewer is confronted with both tamed/domestic and wild/exotic species.
Marek Wolynski, independent curator working in London.
Bartosz Frączek was born in 1974 in Częstochowa. He graduated from the WSP in Częstochowa with a diploma in painting in the studio of prof. Wincentego Maszkowski in 1999 and received his PHD at the painting department of A.S.P in Krakow in 2009. He received Habilitation A.S.P Krakow in 2019 and became a Professor at the Department of Painting at the Faculty of Art, University of Humanities and Natural Science in Czestochowa.
He has over 90 individual exhibitions including one in England, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, the United States, Germany, Belgium and Hungary, Asia, Germany, Cyprus, China, Kazakhstan, Austria, Croatia, Croatia, USA and over 200 collective exhibitions in all over the world. His works are in many private collections in the country and abroad, they are also shown at the Hanse Art fairs (Lübeck, Oldenburg, Bremen, Hamburg), Art event expo (Antwerp, Arnhem), Art Revolution Taipei (Taiwan) and Artistes Contemporariness (Lausanne, Geneva).
Recent projects include a series of exhibitions in Asia in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand, Taipei, Taiwan, Chinese Beijing, Nanjing, Quingdao, and Dafen. As an academic teacher, he conducted classes and lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rijeka (Croatia), University in Ostrava (Czech Republic), Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (Slovakia), University of Chiang Mai (Thailand) and University of Quingdao in China.
In 2019 he has a individual exhibition in Hellada Gallery, Long Beach, USA for which he prepared a series on paintings “California Dream- Touch by Midas”. The exhibition was a success and followed up with other international projects soon to be implemented.
He deals with painting and popularizing art culture. He is the originator of the International Miniature Biennale and the curator of four editions of the Incident Accident International Music and Art Festival as well as many international exhibitions and painting symposiums.