Outer space, 2007
Wrong works, 2006-
The characteristic feature of Bujnowski's working method is a large number of failed or discarded paintings, rejected by the artist. In order to avoid the unpleasant feeling of squandering large amounts of materials (paint and canvas), Rafal has ordered a special press which he uses to perform this peculiar kind of artistic recycling. Hundreds of discarded canvases are pressed together into a new object - a heavy bar of canvas being both symbolical and literal record of his artistic failures.
The artist's daughter, Milena. This is a work from the "Negative" series - paintings made with the use of reverse color palette. The proper image should be then developed by the viewer's imagination, or.. by taking a photograph and reversing it into negative.
The work was produced within the framework of "Broniewski" project organized by Raster.
Framed painting (Whistler), 2002-2003
Small-sized landscape in a white passe-partout and black frame is a motif found by Bujnowski in the renowned "Portrait of the painter's mother" by Whistler (1871). Fascinated by the stereotypical appearance of the painting on the wall, serving as backdrop to family life, Rafal has restored this anonymous painting to reality. By painting it 50 times he has also emphasized its ordinariness and created a peculiar artistic prop which could be used today like it was used in the 19th century - as we can see in the picture taken in the artist's house. The painting process, mastered by the artist, was also recorded on video. The film and 10 out of 50 "Whistlers" are currently in the collection of Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.
Untitled, from the "Walls and paintings" series, 2003
The painting depicts another painting "Framed painting (Whistler)", executed by Bujnowski earlier, hanging on the wall and seen at a certain angle. The painter looks awry at the conventional life of paintings on the walls of contemporary galleries and apartments.
Last saved, 2004
How to draw the Pope, 2001, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
Paintings for an apartment, 2002
The modernist ideas of typicality, standardization and mass-production have permeated Bujnowski's work. The project bears witness to this fact: a series of 5 paintings meant for particular interiors: hall, salon, kitchen and bedroom. Each of the 5 patterns was painted by the artist in several dozen copies and one of IKEA stores has hosted a photo session with Rafal's paintings "posing" in typical interiors. A new standard emerges - IKEA furniture and Bujnowski's serial painting. A somewhat cynical proposition for the rising middle-class.
A classical painting, first in the series of "Paintings - objects" which replicate ordinary objects in shape, size and appearance. "Mass-produced" by the artist in 100 copies differing slightly in surface and color. An introduction to the minimalist-conceptual poetics of Bujnowski's painting. Works from the series have been presented, for example, at the "Cheap art from Poland" show organized by the artist within the framework of a student exchange program at St. Martin School of Art in London. The accessibility of art (20 pounds per picture) was an important aspect of the project since its inception.
Untitled (Studio wall), 2005
A contemporary trompe-l'oeil depicting a wall in the artist's studio with attached photographs and traces of paint. Pictures in this series were painted by Bujnoweski on canvas used previously to cover the floor and walls from dirt.
The work was executed during a six-months studio stay in Zug, Switzerland. The idea of multiplication, previously touched upon by Bujnowski, is further developed. The subsequent, almost identical, paintings depict changing patterns of clouds moving in the sky.
One of numerous Bujnowski's paintings created using photographs as a basis - either taken personally or fund in the family archive - and referring to his personal, everyday life.