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Adam Pękalski

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Adam Pękalski

Born 1975 in Gdańsk, lives in Sopot. Graduated from the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts with a diploma in illustration from the class of Professor Tomasz Bogusławski and in graphic arts from the class of Professor Czesław Tumielewicz.

Individual Exhibitions in Sopot, Legnica, Zawiercie, Warsaw and Sieradz besides, his works were shown at multiple exhibitions in Warsaw, Gdańsk, Zielona Góra, Legnica, and Leigh-on-Sea (UK).

He deals with book and press illustration, comics, computer graphics and painting as well.

 


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Illustrator

Dealing with illustration, associated universally with children's room rather than a gallery is giving a colossal psychological comfort. An illustrator is considered in the art world partly as a clown, an infantile country bumpkin, a gullible dreamer or good-for-nothing, incapable to be deeply involved in political and social matters of our times. Nobody (except for other illustrators) takes seriously his creativity, treating it as a poor entertainment for an unskilled and childish viewer. Thanks to that he can let himself do all sort of plastic tomfoolery of all kinds, official showing off or rich narration, which would be a total disqualification for any self-respected artist. Illustrator, for the price of forgiving ignorance, gains something, that the others seem to lack: primary, sensual and unhindered joy of painting.

Watercolor is my favorite medium and I use it readily. It is so easy in use, that two hundred years ago , every girl from a proper home , apart from embroidering on a tambour and fiddling away on the clavichord, knew how to use it. It lets no mistakes. Mercilessly turning every moment of the indecision into diseaster, demands the iron discipline and unswerving certainty equally as spontaneity and ability for the free improvisation. On the other hand it pays you back with the luminosity of the colour and nobleness of the texture impossible to achieve in any different way.

The idea for a new picture usually comes suddenly, in a single flash of inspiration. Sometimes one read or heard sentence is enough or a single frame from a movie or remembrance of an image seen at the museum to create a very clear vision that has to immediately appear on paper. Very seldom the conception is a result of a very laborious process. Hardship comes later, when you pick up the brush.

 

© 2005 Adam Pękalski

Translation: Sylwia Banasiak
 

Sometimes one read or heard sentence is enough


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