“The works of Karol Bąk seem to be full of contradictions – on the one hand there are static figures, and on the other they have raging, buzzing or simply unrealistic backgrounds. This reality is stunning – an unspecified space of paintings filled with threads, cobwebs, materials and veils. The correlate of this intricately woven form is the woman which is the content of painting. “Joanna Gardzińska
Karol Bąk is a world-famous painter and graphic artist, graduate of the Poznań Academy of Fine Arts, with a few hundred oil paintings, which represent the largest but not the only part of his artistic activity.
The artist also created graphics, ink drawings, pastel portraits, pencil sketches, and wall murals. These works differ not only in technique but in the way of reception.
Oil painting can be considered to be a brighter and more cheerful side of the artistic soul, while drawings and sketches are darker and more ominous aspects of creativity.
These two elements combine in created for years thematic cycles – Sailing ships and Dialogues. Besides them in oil painting are also Cocoons, Halos, four elements, Judyta i Salome, Prima Mobilia and Nocturnes series inspired by the music of Frederic Chopin, on the occasion of the 2010 Chopin Year.