Ireneusz Kopacz is the winner of the 2nd edition of the POLYGONUM (EXHIBITION OF THE ARTISTS FROM THE KUJAWSKO-POMORSKI DISTRICT, October-November 2010). The award for the winner is an individual exhibition at the Municipal Gallery bwa in Bydgoszcz, accompanied by a catalogue. At the exhibition, Ireneusz Kopacz will present his latest works. Ireneusz Kopacz finds the ingredients for his landscapes around him. It can be a piece of an old photograph, of a satellite image, a map, a city plan, a newspaper, a book, a chart. History of art, literature and music are the sources of inexhaustible inspiration for the painter. The object of the human culture which the artist notices often become an inspiration for a painting or a reason to look for another object. One find results in another, just like one event triggers another, one idea gives birth to another — the constant becoming, constant results, the rhythm of subsequent events. Each image by the artist is surprising in a different way. He composes them as a small, square (15 x 15 cm) format. Pieces of an album’s page, a book, newspaper scraps, a map with inscriptions, marked by time and man, create the landscape of dialogue. A dialogue of the past with the present, reality with abstraction, solemnity with joking, finally, of timidity with boldness. This way, the painter depicts his own, unique world, putting the reality into schemes, turning imagination into reality. He perceives the reality manipulated by man, for his sake and convenience, and maybe even perdition. Texture has always been extremely important in Ireneusz Kopacz’s art. However, in the „Collection of Moods”, it’s definitely more varied. It’s different in each and every work, its role in building the composition is different — quite often, it becomes the foundation of the composition. With the subdued colours, texture dictates rhythms and spaces, creates harmony. And the harmony of forms and colours is the most characteristic feature of his painting. (…)
Anna Kroplewska-Gajewska (a passage from the catalogue for the exhibition)
Exhibition open until November 6th, 2011.
Ireneusz Kopacz, born in 1967 in Jasło. Studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun. Graduated in painting under Prof. Lech Wolski, in 1996. Member of the Association of Polish Artists (ZPAP). Since 1997 an assistant, and since 2004 an assistant professor at the Unit of Painting of the Art Institute at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. Since 1997, several solo exhibitions and participation in several group exhibitions in Poland and abroad.
opening of the exhibition: 23.09.2011, 6pm
Curator- Danuta Pałys