Color, thickness of paint and texture of stroke inspire the self-taught photographer and artist Henryk Lobaczewski to create his contemporary abstract works. He is based in Sydney, Australia.
How did you get into art?
During Covid my photography work had an 8 month pause and I found myself needing to create beauty at home. I’m a self-taught photographer & artist and that’s given me the freedom to break conventions and explore new territory. I had always wanted to paint, and fashion photography had always taken all my creativity until I was forced to stop. Now my artworks have taken over and I’m painting daily.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
My works are immersive and textural made from a blend of concrete and polymer, or gels on canvas, using a mass of product, capturing the essence of the creative process. They are intense and raw, with a gestural abstraction. Normally In visceral colours.
How do you go about developing your work?
Colour is the first part, then there is a process to get everything ready and once the product hits the surface I’m working against the clock.
The process is one of intense focus and rapid decision-making, inviting the unknown into each piece and allowing the subtleties between the final outcome and the choices made in the moment. The texture of my sculptures is created through brutal, quick decisions on stroke and tools, resulting in works that are as in-the-moment as they are eternal, hanging on a wall.
Who or what influences you?
Colour definitely influences me, and then it’s just what I choose to do with that colour. They (colours) all have their own energy and vibe, and that needs to be respected.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
Well... I’m currently working on a 19 piece show solo exhibition for Jardan, Sydney. While I’m also creating a new series that are just as visceral but much much lighter. They will have 1 AP and 4 iterations. As sometimes the only restriction for buyers to go big is weight. So we are removing that boundary soon.