Poland

Elysium – Hölderlin

Date
1990
Type of object
Obraz
Technique
mixed media: plywood, off-cuts of crayons, oil, damara, bee wax
Dimensions
152,5 x 126
Catalogue no.
160

Bibliography

– Andrzej Szewczyk [kat. wyst.], Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA, Katowice; 1996; Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała; repr. s. 42
– Kolekcja Sztuki Galerii Bielskiej BWA [album], red. i oprac. G. Cybulska, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała 2011, ss. 10, 152, 154-155, 245
– Kartka z reprodukcją pracy, nakład 250 szt., wyd. Galeria Bielska BWA, 2013
– Czas syntezy. Klasycy polskiej sztuki [kat. wyst.], Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA, Katowice, 2014, s. 35

Exhibitions

1992 – XXIX Ogólnopolska Wystawa Malarstwa „Bielska Jesień ’92”, Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Bielsko-Biała; Złoty Medal
1996 – “Andrzej Szewczyk”, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała; Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA, Katowice; repr. w kat. wyst. s.42
2005 – „Kolekcja Galerii Bielskiej BWA”, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała
2010 – „50 obrazów”, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała
2011 – “Carpe diem” wystawa dzieł sztuki z Kolekcji Sztuki Galerii Bielskiej BWA, Apartamenty Sfera, Bielsko-Biała
2014 – „Najwybitniejsi artyści Śląska”, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA, Katowice

Audio description

Their sharpened ends oriented upwards reveal the white pencil lead surrounded by the wood, the bottom ones are glued to the canvas. To the right, from the bottom the rows with some missing parts. In the empty areas, there is dirty white of the background broken with grey tones. The damp leaks merge with the white surface of the pencils and the dirty white of the background, forming some kind of bordure (a border) around the area covered with pencils, with the wider bottom bar. By the bottom edge of the painting, the white irregularly reveals the natural coloring of the plywood. In the works of Andrzej Szewczyk, chips of wooden colored pencils or pistachio nutshells, glued in even rows to the boards and canvas, usually covered with wax or paint, create a kind of paintings or boards, a paint writing. Their titles often refer to the certain works of literature, present networks of literary references and fascinations, revealing the deep erudition of the artist. The painting “Elysian Fields — Hölderlin” refers to the works of Friedrich Hölderlin — the German poet, one of the precursors of Romanticism. The poet often described the beauty of Nature and emphasized the connection between nature and mankind. He drew his inspirations, among others, from mythological symbols, in this case from in the Greek myth about the part of Hades — the Elysian fields, a place where the good souls of the dead dwell, where there is an eternal spring. The painting received the Gold Medal and the Minister of Culture and Art award at the 29th "Bielska Jesień’92" National Painting Exhibition in 1992.