Oil on canvas
Original size: 200 x 175 cm
Photographer: Rafal Topolewski
Rafal Topolewski explores the possibilities of a traditional medium in the contemporary world through ‘consistent inconsistency’. Inconsistency of image, scale and display in his practice helps to challenge interpretations of painting; to understand and explore the image and most importantly, to provide a field for undefined debate. He is interested in an analytical understanding of the picture, of its falseness and realism at the same time.
His manipulation of an image and situation, creates easily changeable and constantly fluctuating states of interpretation; a highly dangerous place where a picture oscillates between humiliation and success. This integral part of his practice, where exposure and relation to object/viewer has an enormous role in communication, is almost a farce of practicality in art, but in the same time it clearly underlines problems of contemporary society, emphasising its disable existence caused by the impact of ''beneficial'' new technologies.
Rafal Topolewski graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2012 and is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy Schools, London. In 2013 he had a solo exhibition at the International 3, Manchester. Group exhibitions include: Tip of the Iceberg: Art from up North, Contemporary Art Society, London 2013; Volta Basel with the International 3 2013; Unspecific Objects, Malgras|Naudet and Royal Standard, Manchester/Liverpool 2013; Cave Art Fair, Liverpool 2012; As far as we got, The International 3, Manchester 2012 and Saatchi Gallery, New Sensations, Victoria House, Bloomsbury, London 2012.