MUSES: Rafal Zawistowski

18-20 May 2017

Maze Gallery presents MUSES by Rafal Zawistowski for it's inaugural exhibition at Herrick Gallery.

Zawistowski first gained serious recognition in 2011 for his figurative work where future patron and pre-eminent art collector Charles Saatchi first saw Zawistowski’s work.  A year later at his debut London solo exhibition entitled ‘Halo’, Charles Saatchi bought the entire ‘Pope’ series outright prior to the exhibition’s private view.

MUSES is Zawistowski’s follow-up solo exhibition with an exciting new body of workdisplaying the artist’s growing maturity, confidence and evolution.

In this collection of works entitled ‘Muses’, Zawistowski was fascinated by the idea of capturing the essence of a person within a picture, forever making a permanent representation of them.  Based on well known muses and subjects from the Renaissance, Baroque and Art nouveau periods, Zawistowski embarks on a journey to take on the old masters, pitting himself up against the likes of Da Vinci, Titian, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Klimt amongst others.  His admiration of the old masters doesn’t end with their art, he also admires the hands on approach to their work, making their materials from scratch and in doing so Zawistowski uses much of the same materials and works in much the same way. 

Zawistowski attempts to flip the original image on its head by transforming it from a beautiful image to something that is both beautiful and ugly at the same time. By challenging the human condition of aesthetic beauty, Zawistowski aims to explore the modern day notion of this.

The thrilling tension between aesthetic beauty and chaos in Rafal Zawistowski’s work where he walks us through a tight rope of love and hate ensures that he is amongst our most exciting young artists.