Jakub Ciężki was born in 1979 in Lublin, Poland. Over the period 1988-2003 he studied at the Faculty of Arts, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin and later Graduated with honors from the painting studio of Prof. Jacek Wojciechowski. Ciężki is a painter, fascinated with street furniture and realistic abstractions and holder of the “Young Poland 2013” scholarship of the Minister of Culture and Grand Prix holder of 40th Painting Biennale “Bielska Jesień 2011”. His works were sold on the Sotheby’s Art Auction in London (November 2014). currently, Ciężki works at the Faculty of Arts, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.
Ciężki paints specific still-lifes. The industrial landscape attracts him – he has portrayed radiators, letterboxes, bath, ladders from a children’s playground, fencings, scaffoldings, roofs. Taken out of context, often presented in the monochrome background they show a shift from a concrete object to the abstraction. Thanks to synthetism, scaling, cropping, the composition in which the dominants are rhythms, directions, the energy of background, Ciężki takes back from his paintings the value of representation. Geometric and “architectural” paintings evoke tension, playing with the viewer’s consciousness, showing him what can be found under the surface of things.
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