Artophilia  •  30615   •  7 March 2018

Krzysztof Gocek

Krzysztof Gocek, an artist and collector, was born in Głowno, where he still lives and creates. For several years, he has been passionately involved in acrylic and oil painting, preferring miniature canvases. His works can be found in private collections in Poland and abroad. Gocek is considered one of the most interesting contemporary landscape painters and he has been invited to participate in many group exhibitions and prestigious projects such as nationwide art auctions “Neighbor to his …” or “Auction of the Big Heart”. His works are sold by Polish auction houses and art galleries. He belongs to the Association of Polish Artists of the District of Lodz, which organized Gocek’s large individual exhibition “What’s in our souls” in 2016.

The artist’s spectrum of interests includes landscape painting, created with acrylic and oil paints on small canvases and cardboard. Inspired by works of the French impressionists and of Jan Stanisławski, Krzysztof Gocek consistently develops his own painting style while bravely experimenting with composition, texture and color. He does not replicate specific places and events, but consciously creates intrinsically expressive views of nature, which are derived not only from original fantasies and memories, but also from art history (for example water lilies, sea rocks, field roads, clouds over fields and meadows). In this way he creates impressive colors and impressions, reflecting the atmosphere and mood of a moment, a given time of a day or a year, sometimes heading towards abstraction; however all of them have decorative qualities.

In rural landscapes, Krzysztof Gocek examines properties of the texture by building space by using color fields, surrounded by a contrasting contour; he also experiments with composition, he is not afraid of flatness, in which he refers to the best achievements of Japanese graphics and aims at synthesizing. After the initial fascination with richness and expression of forms, Gocek has begun to simplify and organize painting space by bringing out subtle nuances of color and by introducing elements of staffage, such as: lonely tree, sailboats on the water, lanterns or roadside shrines and human figures – unreal, mysterious, in costumes from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. He also experiments with still life – floral compositions in dark tone and intimate formats.