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SELECTED WORKS BY Rafal Zawistowski

Jesus Christ
Rafal Zawistowski
Jesus Christ

2011

Encaustic on board

100 x 150 cm
Rafal Zawistowski’s work plays on the viewer’s recognition of certain well-worn subjects in western painting in order to re-energise the act of looking. Head-like forms in fat clumps of encaustic (pigment mixed with hot wax, to create a thick and nubbled surface) are highlighted with sprayed haloes or aureoles and titled after significant figures from Catholic iconography: Jesus, Mary and Judas, but also Benedict XV and John Paul II.
Judas
Rafal Zawistowski
Judas

2011

Oil and wax on canvas

75 x 90 cm
Zawistowski’s paintings hover between the visual cliché of the religious icon and the immediacy of their sculptural surfaces: the gouged and gooey paint literally materialises the spiritual subject, making it matter. There’s historical resonance to all this, since it might be said that the materialisation of the immaterial was the motor behind great leaps in painting during the Renaissance, but there’s more going on than that in Zawistowski’s work.
Virgin Mary
Rafal Zawistowski
Virgin Mary

2011

Wax on board

30 x 35 cm
His palette – nightclub pinks and neon yellows – creates a kitsch separation between subject and handling, and place the gnarled surfaces at a remove from the rest of the painting. There’s a sense in which the gaudy aureoles become quotation marks around the figure, or even a kind of barrier or cage, compounding the haunted, disintegrating look of some of the popes, recalling Francis Bacon’s similar treatment of the subject.
Benedict XV
Rafal Zawistowski
Benedict XV

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60cm
That the meshes of thick paint never quite coalesce into a recognisable form is part of the point: the familiar face is never fully revealed, terminally stilled in the act of becoming, spirit never quite transcending matter.
Benedict XVI
Rafal Zawistowski
Benedict XVI

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
John Paul I
Rafal Zawistowski
John Paul I

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
Gregory XVI
Rafal Zawistowski
Gregory XVI

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
John Paul II
Rafal Zawistowski
John Paul II

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
John XXIII
Rafal Zawistowski
John XXIII

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
Leo XIII
Rafal Zawistowski
Leo XIII

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
Paul VI
Rafal Zawistowski
Paul VI

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
Pius IX
Rafal Zawistowski
Pius IX

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
Pius XII
Rafal Zawistowski
Pius XII

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
Pius X
Rafal Zawistowski
Pius X

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
Pius XI
Rafal Zawistowski
Pius XI

2012

Oil and wax on linen

70 x 60 cm
Text by Ben Street






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Dawit Abebe    Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Diann Bauer    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Jill Mason    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Martin McMurray    Robert Melee    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Agathe Snow    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Rafal Zawistowski's BIOGRAPHY

Rafal Zawistowski
Born in 1981, Warsaw, Poland
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Wimbledon Open Studios: London.
A Casual Phenomenology: Husk Gallery, London.
Heatherley’s School of Fine Art Staff Exhibition: Bankside Gallery, London.

2013
Aura: Teodora Art Gallery, Toronto
Forgotten Paradise: Gallery on the Corner, London.
Come Dine With Me: BearSpace Gallery, London.
Directions: Graham Hunter Gallery, London.
New Order: Saatchi Gallery, London.
Seven Artists : The Strand Gallery, London.

2012
The Unkindness: The Graham Hunter Gallery, London (solo)
Halo: New Paintings,Cream & Canvas Gallery, London (solo)
Intuition/Anti-Intuition, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London
Subject to Change : Perspectives From UK based Polish Artists, Kursaal Gallery Space. Southend on Sea
Making Waves: Works from the Saatchi Collection, Hyatt Regency, London
One Giant Leap: Works from the Saatchi Collection, Hyatt Regency, London

2011
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London
Wimbledon MA Exhibition, Wimbledon College of Art. London.
CCW Salon Chisinhale Gallery. London.
Fly Tipping Centre For Drawing Wimbledon College. London
The Nunnery Futura Bold/Oblique. London.
CCW Salon New Gallery. London.

2010
Salad2 Foyer Gallery Wimbledon College. London

2009
Pathways Profetti Dismari Gallery. Toronto, Canada.

2008
Outdoor Art Exhibition, Art Fair. Toronto, Canada

2007
Emerging Show Exhibition, ACA Gallery. Toronto, Canada.
Reflections, ACA Gallery. Toronto, Canada.

2005
Departures Exhibition, Ontario College of Art and Design. Florence Italy

2004
Infinito Exhibition, Ontario College of Art and Design. Florence Italy.