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JAROSLAW FLICINSKI
JarosBaw FliciDski, Faites vos Jeux #45, oil on canvas, 2002

Born 1965 in Gdansk, Poland. Lives and works in Gdansk


Jaroslaw Flicinski is considered one of Poland's outstanding painters, but he freely uses other media as well. He is one of those artists who seek ways to harmonize contemporary painting with present times. Since the very beginning of his practice he has been tackling the issue of the demarcation line between works that continue - and those that have ceased - to be painting. The borders of the medium have never been a burden for him, beginning with the frameless frame of his paintings - whether painted on canvas, plaster board, plywood, or directly on walls.


In the earlier paintings from the 1990s he used the repetition of motifs such as circles, lines, stripes, and surfaces, or serial patterns of flowers or stars. He also began to adapt the painting to a given spatial dimension and to think of its place in terms of real space. His paintings from the series Jumps into the water were placed beside a swimming pool. The pictures from the series Flowers & Stars appeared as the background of his video films. Some of the paintings from the series Fait vos jeux were painted straight onto the walls.


From the beginning of this decade his painting has gone beyond the range of the canvas to surround the viewer as in a kind of environment. He started to transform or modify the entire exhibition space in accordance with the encountered situation. The painting appears as an inseparable element of the space, corresponding with the other paintings, with the architecture, and with the historic details of that space, as in his exhibition Far away at Badisher Kunstverein in Karlsruhe (2000). His exhibition settings also embrace video projection. Within the framework of his exhibition project at the Center for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2003) he displayed colorful horizontal stripes spread across over 20 meters of the wall, as well as a film showing a little disc on a beach, pushed by the wind over several hundred meters.


Solo exhibitions
  • 2003 - Paintings (with Charles Boetschi), Gallery Brigitte Weiss, Zurich; Everything is All Right, CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
  • 2002 - To let you shine, De Expeditie Galerie, Amsterdam; Place your bets, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, AZ; Paintings & Sculptures (with Scott Reynolds),Studio LoDo, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2001 - You look great! I feel great!, Sfinks, Sopot, Poland
  • 2000 - Far Away, Maschenmode, Berlin; Far Away, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Far Away, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw
  • 1999 - Go On, Galeria Wschodnia, Lodz, Poland; Who Humiliated Themselves Shall Fall Down to the End, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury, Gdansk, Poland
  • 1998 - Too much is not enough, Panstwowa Galeria Sztuki, Sopot, Poland
  • 1994 - Jumps into the Water - Year 1994 - These Who Swagger Shall Be Humiliated and These
  • 1993 - Jumps Into The Water - Year 1993 - Mental States, Sfinks, Sopot, Poland
  • 1992 - Painting, March' 92, Galeria Wyspa, Gdansk, Poland


  • Selected group exhibitions
  • 2004 - Relocation, CCA Aaznia, GdaDsk, Poland
  • 2002 - The Forbidden City, Kokerei Hansa, Dortmund; Art Poin, Miami Beach, FL
  • 2001 - In Between - Art From Poland 1945-2000, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago; The Dignity of The Man, Project Giotto, Pallazo Spinola, Genova, Italy; Sopot in Berlin, Polish Institute, Berlin; Malarstwo polskie 2001, BWA Lublin, Poland; Hoehere wesen Befahlen: Anders Malen!, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam
  • 2000 - Pomiedzy metafizyka a estetyka, BWA, Bielsko-BiaBa, Poland; The 1th Vilnius Paintings Triennia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania; Scene 2000, CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw

  • 1999 - Public Relations, CCA Aaznia, Gdansk, Poland; The Creeping Revolution, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw; What you see is what you get, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

    1998 - At the time of writing, CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw; I love my time (with Kajsa Eriksson), Galeria KoBo, Gdansk, Poland
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