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Story, Oil on paper, 43 x 58cm


Artur "Gouy" Golacki

Inner Evolution

[text by the artist]

If the criteria for being an artist were based on maintaining an individual point of view and defining it by equally individual visual language, I would place myself back in the mid-eighties where my big journey started. Just imagine a group of friends studying together under the roof of The Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, one of the biggest cities in Poland, a country those days plagued by political crisis. In times like this the last thing people care about is art and as silly as it may look now, our professors were no exception. But for us it was a long awaited paradise. The Luxus (‘luxury’) art group was created out of funny smelling smoke and other even more funny substances. Anything original and weird enough to match our special taste was acceptable.

Usually, situations like this stimulate my intellect perfectly. I simply decided to stop questioning myself about ‘what?" and ‘why?’ and let intuition and pure imagination work. The true seeds of creativity were planted and I started to exercise my freedom. My favorite medium was "rediscovered," stemming from a childhood love of drawing on magazines and newspapers. Today I jokingly call it ‘hand made Photoshop.’ Technically speaking it was the irritatingly simple process of removing parts of photographic images (usually from glossy magazines or posters) with pencil erasers or small amounts of white spirits and working on the erased space with pencil and brush. The photography referred to ‘objective’ reality and by blending it with my interpretation of the invisible realm I was hoping to get a picture closer to true. Despite the huge benefit my country could have received from this unscientific research, after a few exhibitions the only critique offered was from mental health institutions. So I left Poland with a small rucksack on my back, $60 in one pocket and a divorce paper in other.

I left everything I loved to find happiness in a better part of the world, ending up in London. Unfortunately, it took me a few years to find out how naive I was. Suddenly, the most unthinkable professions, such as washing dishes, constructing ceilings or pulling ropes on theater fly floors were my daily pastime. I loved the arts, but simply couldn’t afford to create. However, everything in life is impermanent and being selected by nature as a bit more than average spiritually, I didn’t let myself down completely. Buddhism had all the answers I needed and through it my real, inner evolution began. After fifteen years break I’m coming back to enjoy being part of the art community and to share my visions again. The only thing I expect is a simple, non-analytical gaze.

images/da11/gola2.jpg (25408 bytes) Waterra, Oil on canvas, 95 x 95cm

I always treated art as the one of highest forms of communication. There are unanswered questions in every one’s mind. Most of them are never revealed. I am trying to understand and portray existence in a very intuitive way, leaving behind the necessity of investigating and analyzing. Just passing by carefully.

images/da11/gola4.jpg (22373 bytes) Course, Oil on canvas, 82 x 96cm

To me creating is a space where every second can be extended to an hour long contemplation—effortless concentration blessed by intellectually unpolluted vision. In a natural way form over takes the subject. Unknown harmony is born and able to exist on its own. It always feels to me like being a messenger only.

images/da11/gola3.jpg (21480 bytes) Before / After, Oil on paper, 42 x 54cm

Artur "Gouy" Golacki

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