ANDRZEJ URBANSKI

ANDRZEJ URBANSKI

BIO/STATEMENT

(b. 1983 Poznan, Poland)

Andrzej Urbanski is an established Cape Town-based artist prized for his immaculate hard-edged abstract art. The clean, precise forms defining it belie its relationship to memory, sensory and spatial encounters, emotions and psychic states, which are channelled most often into overlapping colourful geometric shapes, implying resolution. The bold shards of colour characterising his art may recall objects, places, experiences from his youth, the colour of a building or a room, or encompass the state of mind he is in as he steps into his Woodstock studio. As such his painted art is described as ‘high’ or ‘low frequency’, referring to either a complex matrix of influences shaping intricate compositions, or in the latter instance, quieter,  ‘less busy’ forms often united by a subdued colour palette.

His art appears to be the result of an automated process – the precision of its execution engenders this notion that it is generated by a detached, robotic or digital tool. His interest in generating this illusion is rooted in his fascination with digitally produced art, the digital tools he uses in plotting his intricate compositions, the relationship between lived experience and virtual reality and the valorisation of handmade products in the post-industrial era. It is also informed by his appreciation for the minimalist movement, though he is inspired by a range of high modernists from Rothko to Piet Mondrian.

He employs the unconventional spray paint medium in his abstract painting as it produces flat colour and removes any trace of the ‘artist’s hand’. This conforms not only to the minimalist ethos but his desire to replicate imagery that appears to be digitally generated.

He is a prolific painter and sculptor who has participated in countless group exhibitions around the world since graduating with a Masters in Fine Art from the ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2012. He was born in Poznan, Poland in 1983 and settled in Berlin, Germany with his parents in 1989. Growing up in Berlin’s ‘grey zone’ after the fall of the wall in the late eighties when barriers between east and west were eroded activated his participation in street culture. He first experimented with spray-paint as a graffiti artist before applying this medium in a fine art context. After exhibiting in shows in his then-hometown of Berlin, Georgia USA, Canada and Switzerland, a Cape Town residency brought him to South African shores in 2012. He relocated to this country and enjoyed his first South African solo exhibition, Mindgame, in 2015 at Salon 91 in Cape Town.

It was a sell-out show and he has gone from strength to strength as an artist, producing larger more ambitious works and compositions. He is currently represented by Everard Read and to date has had solo exhibitions in their Johannesburg, Cape Town and London spaces, as while as Macadam Gallery in Brussels, Belgium, with whom he too has had solo shows with.

“Urbanski is a rare breed of artist – one who authentically manages to playfully negotiate perfect applications and concrete designs with a focused ability that denotes fresh and pertinent abstract experimentation,” says Emma Vandermerwe, curator at Everard Read in Cape Town. “Urbanski has settled on a vocabulary and aesthetic that chimes with these times though its lines extend back in time,” wrote art commentator Mary Corrigall in the Cape Times (August 23, 2017).

PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS

2021
FRAGMENTED, Solo Show, Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Masterpiece, London Art fair, with Everard Read London
Awaiting title, Solo show, Everard Read Johannesburg
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read/ CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa

2020
Winter, Goup Show, Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Digital Frequencies, SOLO SHOW, Everard Read, London,
A04 3684/618/20, SOLO SHOW, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa
STILL, group exhibition, Everard Read, UK & South Africa

2019
CONTEXT Art Miami, with Everard Read, Miami, USA
Southern Aspect, group show, Everard Read, London, UK
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read, Cape Town, South Afrca

2018
A03 2034/538/18, solo, CIRCA, Johannesburg, South Africa
AB02 833/837/18, solo, Everard Read, London, UK
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa
Summer, Everard Read / CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa Read More...

2017
Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read /CIRCA, 2017 Cape Town
Summer Exhibition II, Group Show, Everard Read, London 2017
Winer Collection, group Exhibition, CIRCA, Cape town 2017
Hardline, Group Exhibition, CIRCA, Cape Town 2017
Southern Abstraction, group exhibition, Everard Read, London, 2017
Spectrum, group exhibition, CIRCA, Johannesburg, 2017

2016
HARDLINE, CIRCA Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 2016
FNB Joburg Art Fair solo booth with Salon91, Johannesburg. South Africa.
AKKA Art Fair, Everard Read/ CIRCA Booth, Paris, France
Abstract Show, group show, Circa & Everard Read, Johannesburg, 2016
Winter Collection, group show, Everard Read, Cape Town 2016
Paths, Two-man exhibition with Tahiti Pehrson at Salon91. 2016
Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91 2016

2015
Bronze, Steal and Stone, group sculpture show,  Circa & Everard Read, Johannesburg 2015
This is the Place, a group exhibition at Salon91 2015
Turbine Art Fair with Salon91 2015
MINDGAME, a solo exhibition at Salon91 2015
Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2015
Golden Haze, Salon91, 2015

2014
Turbine Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg 2014
Paper is You II, group show at Salon91, Cape Town. 2014
Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91 2014

2013
A Vacant Passage, Works by Paul Senyol & Andrzej Urbanski
with Salon91; 2013
Abstract Stories, /A Word of Art, Cape Town. 2013

2012
Kalahari Catalyst Art Auction, Cape Town; 2012
One K Collection, Lovell Gallery, Cape Town; 2012
Chance Visitor, Solo exhibition /A Word of Art, Cape Town 2012
Neo-Maso, Geneva, Switzerland; 2012
Art Base, Art Festival, Berlin 2012
Retranchment-Manoir de Martigny, Switzerland;  2012
Living Walls, The City Speaks, Atlanta, Gerogia, USA; 2012
The Swarm exhibition, Vancouver, Canada. 2012
Process No. 14,  works by Sabine Grizmek, Andrzej Urbanski and Carina Jo Sivager, Prozessgallerie, Berlin. 2011Process No. 01, group exhibition Prozessgallerie, Berlin 2009

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