As a child, Professor Leon Tarasewicz had the opportunity to admire the magnificent polychrome paintings by Jerzy Nowosielski and Adam Stalony-Dobrzański in the Orthodox Church in Gródek. Like these representations, this artist's art does not fit into a rigid framework. At the upcoming Contemporary Art Auction, you will have the opportunity to bid on as many as two of the author's paintings, in communing with which the viewer may get the impression that "the composition opens up to the walls, to the space".
Leon Tarasewicz is a Polish painter of Belorussian origin, an activist for opposition movements in Belarus and a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw from 1979 to 1984, graduating from the studio of Professor Tadeusz Dominik. The artist can boast of many awards, titles and distinctions. He has been awarded, among others, the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis and the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. In addition, he has received, for example, the "Polityka" Passport (2000), and is a holder of an honorary doctorate from the University of Białystok. The main inspiration for the artist is nature. In his compositions, he records rhythms, and colour combinations and is a careful observer of the landscape. At an early stage in his artistic path, he moved away from figurative painting. He creates works beyond the "demarcated" space; he paints gallery walls, for example, and goes beyond the canvas.
The two oil paintings by Leon Tarasewicz on display at the Contemporary Art Auction (8-11 December this year) are a great illustration of the artist's interest in landscape. The first work, a diptych from 1992, was created during the artist's trip to Sweden. Through his canvas, the artist allows the viewer to be transported into the white boundlessness of Nordic nature. The second composition, on the other hand, from 2016, shows an endless ploughed field. The works are impressive in their size, the dimension of each canvas of the diptych being as large as 130 × 190 cm. The abstract landscape from 2016 measures 130 × 170 cm.