Swirling Gestural Marks Create Cinematic Scenes by Painter Wilhelm Sasnal

January 3, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

Multi-disciplinary artist Wilhelm Sasnal explores contemporary visual culture by working with found images sourced from newspapers, magazines, and the internet. Sasnal’s paintings juxtapose broad swirling brush strokes with precise, flatly rendered details. Abstracted landscapes surround small human and animal figures in limited color palettes. Although the artist frequently works in oil on canvas, his work also spans acrylic and watercolor paintings and filmmaking.

In an artist statement on Hauser and Wirth gallery’s website, Sasnal explains, “I think images aren’t important because of the numbers that surround us. But painting has a chance. There is always painting, like there’s song. I don’t think it needs speculation as to whether it is alive or dead.” Sasnal lives and works in Kraków, Poland. You can see more of the artist’s work on the websites of Hauser & Wirth and Anton Kern Gallery.



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