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Outer space, 2007
oil on canvas, O 180 cm

Works from the "Outer space" series develop the artist's previous interest in the tension between the mimetic aspect of a painting and its mechanical execution. The result of the nearly automatic process of covering the canvas with lines of equal length is a view of a starlit sky. So, the picture represents not only the things that were painted (hundreds of dark lines on white canvas), but at the same time the associations connected with this abstract view. As points of view and distance from the painting changes, the scales of its meaning turn from the material and processual towards the illusionistic aspect of the work.

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Rafal Bujnowski - Cosmos, 2007



Curtain, 2007
oil on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

Net curtain behind which a person looking through the window is hiding, is actually a glaze, thin layer of paint applied with a number of simple brush strokes. A good example of a brilliant painterly mental shortcut and, at the same time, a sophisticated artist's exercise.


Rafal Bujnowski - Curtain, 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.

 

  Rafal Bujnowski - Wrong Works
 
Rafal Bujnowski - Wrong Works



Milena, 2005
oil on canvas

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.

 

Rafal Bujnowski - Milena, 2005


Rafal Bujnowski - Milena - inverted



Broniewski, 2005
chalk drawing on children's blackboard, 120 x 65 cm

The work was produced within the framework of "Broniewski" project organized by Raster.
Portrait of a communist poet drawn as a negative on a children's blackboard could be seen as a subtle reflection on the subject of black and white characters in history and the educational canon based on such clear-cut distinctions.

Rafal Bujnowski - Broniewski, 2005



Framed painting (Whistler), 2002-2003
oil on canvas, 42 x 62,5 cm, series of 50 identical paintings

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 ZachÍta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.

 

Rafal Bujnowski - Framed Painting (Whistler), 2002-2003

Rafal Bujnowski - Framed Painting (Whistler), 2002-2003

Rafal Bujnowski - Framed Painting (Whistler), 2002-2003



Untitled, from the "Walls and paintings" series, 2003
oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm

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.


Rafal Bujnowski - Untitled (Walls and paintings), 2003



Pope, 2001-2002
oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm,
series of 33 identical paintings

Last saved, 2004
8 wooden shelves,
120 x 65 x 40 cm each

 


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Rafal Bujnowski - Last saved, 2004

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Paintings for an apartment, 2002
oil on canvas, 160 x 160 cm and 5 series of different paintings

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.

Rafal Bujnowski - Paintings for an apartment, 2002



Brick, 1999-2002
oil on canvas, 25 x 12 x 6 cm, series of 100 paintings

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.
"Brick" is also available in graphic version (linocut, 100 copies)


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Rafal Bujnowski - Brick, 1999-2002



Untitled (Studio wall), 2005
oil on canvas, 200 x 140 cm

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.

Rafal Bujnowski - Studio walls, 2005

Rafal Bujnowski - Studio walls - detail



Clouds, 2004
oil on canvas, series of 5 paintings, 40 x 30 cm each

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.

Rafal Bujnowski - Clouds, 2004

Rafal Bujnowski - Clouds, 2004



Father, 2006
oil on canvas, 125 x 91 cm

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.


Rafal Bujnowski - Father, 2006