Dariusz Labuzek’s primitive-style paintings are inherently figurative, yet their naive imagery is predominantly design orientated, has an illustrative quality that is founded on an abstract painterly aesthetic. This juxtaposition of abstraction and design is what makes his pictures so compelling, his figures created as vessels to be filled by textures, colors, and ideas, beautiful compositions that conspire to feed our desire for aesthetically beautiful objects.
Feeding of a very sculptural sensibility – possibly informed by his training as an architect and filmmaker – Labuzek repeats the same motifs in his paintings, yet each picture is utterly different, his starting point the relationship between painterly concepts such as texture, color, line, and form; This play on ideas gives him space to explore how we see a painting, the depth and nuance of material as well as the potential it has to manipulate how we view the picture plane. Some of his figures look like copper or collage-like cutouts, the rest more illustrative in nature.
This freedom of expression, of looking to articulate the emotional and poetic quality of an image through painterly concepts, is a subject that has preoccupied many artists throughout the 20th century, some of whom have laid the foundation for Labuzek’s own creative journey, such as Franz Kline, Antonio Saura, Antoni Tapies, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Jacek Göttel, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Artur Nacht-Samborski, Zdzisław Beksinski, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter as well as Zhou Brothers, Roger Ballen. Labuzek continues in the tradition of these great artists, as a painter who is in love with his medium, in the possibilities that lie in brush and paint, in the potential that an abstract world of strange humanoid figures can lead us into a world that lightens up our own imagination. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
He lets himself be carried away without resistance in the direction indicated by the hand of intuitive lines, color, and form. His stimulating expression of the environment brings each viewer into effervescent, playful, and exciting world full of organic forms and shapes. Each piece might be a peculiar exploration of botanical, animal, and human shapes.
Somewhat the combination of illustrative and abstract styles gives his work a dreamy quality that transports the imagination into a whole other world that is waiting to be discovered. Working primarily with acrylic, Dariusz emphasizes imaginative organic shapes composed with unique dexterity. These qualities, along with the creative contrast of muted and vibrant colors, make his work resonate emotionally.
Dariusz was born in Poland and studied architecture at the Institute of Technology in Cracow. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 and attended a film and theater program at Humboldt State University in California.
In 1992 he moved to Chicago.
In 2015, he was honored to be featured by Saatchi Art in their "Invest in Art" series, which introduces the public to exceptional emerging artists from around the world.
In 2016 Dariusz Labuzek relocated to San Francisco Bay Area.
You can currently view his artwork by appointment at his studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, and at Artspace 8 Gallery on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.
Clients are also welcome to shop Dariusz's artwork via the Saatchi Art online gallery.