No 4 (88) 2011
October - December

Everything Flows

Stanisław Baj is a classic, very conscious and very consistent painter. From as early as the 70's he has made figural compositions borrowing the topics directly from nature and its aura.

Natalia Werbanowska - Krawczyk

B. 1983. Art historian, she publishes texts on contemporary art.

Natalia Werbanowska - Krawczyk

HE HAS DISPLAYED HIS PIECES FOR PUBLIC JUDGMENT SINCE HE WAS A STUDENT. He has been persistently and sincerely exploring two different areas of painting since the 80's. On one hand - Bug river landscapes; on the other - "elderly" people close to him - family members and neighbors. He has usually depicted simple, hard working people from his family neighborhood, illustrating them most frequently in their natural environment, busy with their everyday jobs.

The "Everything Flows" exhibition" at the aTak Gallery shows one of the mentioned key topical motives, that is landscapes. The artist has been true to one location. This is the place from which he has been observing and analyzing the altering nature. The presentation of a wild river that changes its mood depending upon the season of the year, or the time of the day - painted directly from nature - offers a poetic record of the artist's spiritual condition. Looking at the river - stopped and immortalized on the pictures by Baj - a viewer has an impression that its wild power is a point-blank invitation to face the grim image where the artist has nevertheless hidden something "human", and by the same token, friendly. Presented curves of the wild Bug river, from the realistic to the abstract, carry a symbolic dimension. A narrow approach to the topic has been a perfect move towards formal solutions.

Stanisław Baj (born in 1953) has graduated from the capital Academy of Fine Arts. He has put up over fifty one-man exhibitions at home and abroad - in Germany, Greece, Russia, Canada. Further, he has taken part in over one hundred collective exhibitions. He has been recognized as one of the most outstanding Polish landscape painters of the early 21st century.

Stanisław Baj, "Everything Flows", the aTak Gallery, Warsaw, September-November 2011.