It gives us great pleasure to present MUSES by Rafal Zawistowski for the inaugural exhibition of Maze Gallery.
Zawistowski first gained serious recognition in 2011 for his figurative work when future patron and pre-eminent art collector Charles Saatchi first saw his work. A year later at his debut London solo exhibition entitled ‘Halo’, Charles Saatchi bought the entire ‘Pope’ series outright prior to the exhibition’s private view.
MUSES is Zawistowski’s follow-up solo exhibition with an exciting new body of work displaying the artist’s growing maturity, confidence and evolution.
In this collection entitled ‘Muses’, Zawistowski was fascinated by the idea of capturing the essence of a person within a picture, forever making a permanent representation of them. Based on well known muses and subjects from the Renaissance, Baroque and Art nouveau periods, Zawistowski embarks on a journey to take on the old masters, pitting himself up against the likes of Da Vinci, Titian, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Klimt amongst others. His admiration of the old masters does not end with their art; he also admires their hands on approach to their work. Making their materials from scratch and in following this traditional practice, Zawistowski prepares and uses much of the same materials.
In MUSES Zawistowski attempts to flip the original image on its head by transforming what began a beautiful image into something that has been reworked and molded into something both beautiful and distorted at the same time. By challenging the human condition of aesthetic beauty, Zawistowski aims to explore the modern day notion of this.
The thrilling tension between aesthetic beauty and chaos in Rafal Zawistowski’s work finds us walking a tight rope of love and hate. It is this dichotomy that places Rafal amongst our most exciting young artists.