Karol Lewalski

Poland. Lives and works in Gdansk, Poland.

ARTIST STATEMENT

In my graphics, I bet on experimentations with a pinch of chance. The thought process and the linocut process is a rather long and time consuming endeavor. Often in the middle of working on a print I change my mind and turn an assumed concept 180 degrees trying to confuse or impress myself. What is important to me is not necessarily what the graphic depicts, but how and with what a certain effect was obtained. I’m not afraid to destroy the whole effort to check an idea, just to learn that something did not work; but sometimes, it does work. Very quickly I get bored either with the tool I’m using, the way of cutting or applying color, making each of my works unique. Each linocut print is created in a variety of colors, combinations or tones, all to find “the one”. It might seem that the linocut is very simple but it is not. Paint is added onto a matrix and it is pressed into the paper. However, between the paper and the matrix enters a million different factors, which give almost unlimited creative possibilities. In my eyes, the linocut is a truly remarkable technique, complex and diverse with still much to discover.

Vita

Education:
  • 2007-2009: Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology in Warsaw
  • 2009-2012: Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Department of Graphic Design, Bachelor Degree
  • 2012-2014: Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Faculty of Graphics, Graphic arts, Masters second degree
Experience:
  • 10.2014 to present: Assistant in Fundamentals of Visual Creation prof. Waldemar Marshal, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk
Professional achievements:
  • 09/11/2016: The exhibition and lecture - Polish Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Warsaw
  • 15/09/2016: Individual exhibition - Linoryt – Na Miejscu, Gdańsk
  • 06/24/2016: The second prize and contest exhibition - Pomeranian graphics 2015 - GTPS, Gdańsk
  • 05/19/2016: Collective exhibition - exhibition of student artwork competition, the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk and the jury - selection of Art, Gdańsk
  • 11/05/2016: Collective exhibition - Serial - an exhibition of serial posters - ASP Gdańsk
  • 04/01/2016: Collective exhibition - Graphic Art - exhibition and workshop leading Laboratory basics of graphic arts - Port 110 Iława
  • 12/19/2015: Collective exhibition - young art shows, cultural prezęt. The garrison culture, Gdańsk
  • 10.12.2015: An exhibition - 11 Quadrinnale Polish Woodcut and Linocut. BWA Art Gallery, Olsztyn
  • 12/08/2015: Metamorphosis and Reality - Exhibition employees ASP - 70 years the university. Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk
  • 10/22/2015: Individual exhibition - MDK in Szczytno
  • 10/10/2015: Art Fair - Art Selection. Collective exhibition. The garrison culture, Gdańsk
  • 09/09/2015: Fair art, design and ideas. Collective exhibition. Euro Style - Old building market in Oliwa.
  • 18.08.2015: An exhibition, 44 Pomeranian Artwork of the Year 2014
  • Information Centre them. Jan Nowak-Jeziorański in Warsaw
  • 30.06.2015: Special Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Graphic Arts in Gdansk in the competition - 44 Pomeranian Print of the Year 2014 competition exhibition +
  • 05/23/2015: From black to color exhibition academics Department of Graphic Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, the Municipal Art Gallery in Częstochowa
  • 09/04/2015: Transformer Transformer station in Szczecin, Contemporary Art Center, Group Exhibition graphics department of Fine Arts in Gdansk.
  • 03.06.2015: An exhibition, 9 BGS, Municipal Gallery Arsenal in Poznan
  • 02/04/2015: 3rd prize | 9 Student Print Biennial, Poznan 2015 Dean's Award WA University in Lublin
  • 28/10/2014: Exhibition, small seducer - Warsaw
  • 24/10/2014: Group exhibition, 40 years old Pomeranian graphic year, the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
  • 10.10-22.11.2014: Exhibition of graphic arts studio of prof. Janusz Akermann, Factory Arts, Tczew
  • 09/11/2014: Exhibition, the Higher Police School in Szczytno
  • 10.08-5.09: Exhibition, The main building of the Polish Television, Warsaw
  • 18.07- 10.08.2014: Exhibition Best Diplomas Academy of Fine Arts 2014 Great Armoury in Gdansk
  • 17.05-18.05.2014: Exhibition Night at the Museum, Great Armoury in Gdansk
  • 12/05/2014: The final exhibition contest "Student artwork 2013" Great Armoury in Gdansk
  • 05/10/2014: Exhibition of Graphic Art Studio, the Marine Hospital. PCK in Gdynia
  • 12.04.2014: Special Award of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk in the "Pomeranian graphics 2013" exhibition: Gdansk Society of Friends of the Arts
  • 14.02-7.03.2014: Exhibition "Young designers," House of Art Gak in Gdansk
  • 01/15/2014: Exhibition "Linoryt twenty-first century ... what next?", Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk
  • 02/12/2013: Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for students of art schools for achievements in artistic creation
  • 24.04-10.05.2013: Distinction statutory in the international competition for the poster image-Polish Institute in Vienna, the exhibition "Art Plakat- effect", Galerie KoKo in Vienna
  • 26/04/2013: Statutory Distinction in the competition "Pomeranian graphics of the year 2012" exhibition: Gdansk Society of Friends of the Arts
  • 13/04/2013: The exhibition "Born to design", Gallery Amfilada Municipal Cultural Centre in Olsztyn
  • 03/21/2013: The exhibition "A tendency to focus," Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk
  • 2.06. 2012: The exhibition "A tendency to focus," Old Town Hall in Legnica

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