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Professor Krzysztof Wachowiak
Studio of Painting
> Martin Imrich
I am inspired by ordinary situations in life because I believe that they form me, they are reflected in my thoughts, views and artistic work. Without certain experiences, my painting would not look the way it does right now. I believe that nothing happens without a reason, even seemingly unfavourable situations, in the long run, after some time, turn out to be valuable. I paint classically, from nature and from model, according to the principle of golden section. Sometimes the process itself is more important to me than the actual painting. Painting makes me happy and I can tell that I have become addicted to this process. For me, it is one of the greatest fundamental needs. Predominantly I paint people, because I believe that humans, right after God, are the most perfect beings in the world. I try to develop and compose a painting so that one can feel the emotional dimension, the claustrophobic proximity of a model in anonymous, grim or ancient space, which plays an important role in my paintings. I also put a great emphasis on light and colour. I assign them an important, symbolic value, relating to religion. With a “classical, academic” form of painting I try to critically address the products of contemporary art and its shallow, simplified impact. In painting I also look for answers to fundamental questions – on relationships with God, the world and myself. However, I do not always paint with psychological or critical associations in mind. Many paintings are created for the pure pleasure of the process.
I am also inspired by Polish and Russian academic painting, it is the foundation upon which I would like to build my painting.
> Professor Krzysztof Wachowiak
Martin Imrich’s paintings seize the viewer’s attention and elicit comments – there are voices of admiration, and more besides. This success, however, would never have occurred if it was not for Martin’s courage, independent attitude towards the prejudices of modern art, and dependence on his own painting intuition. And also a great deal of work dedicated to the development of his own technique, so it can fully serve the artist’s creative imagination.
Martyrs, 2012, oil on canvas, 485.4x300 cm Professors, assistant professors and students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw had a huge part in creating of this painting, as they agreed to pose for me
B. 1986, studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica (Slovakia) (2007–2010), at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2010–2012) and in the academic year 2009/10 under the Erasmus programme. Solo drawing exhibition, Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, 2012.