SELECTED OPINIONS ON PAINTING WORKS OF GRZEGORZ STEC

(F R A G M E N T S)

Joanna Bożek

Riddle, Element, and Poetry, „Kurier Plus”, New York, 10 May 2008

“The works that the artist has brought could, in fact, be used to stage a few separate exhibitions. Fortunately, it has been made possible (…) for New York art lovers to see the full range of what and how Stec deals with his creative works. (…) Each of these dramatic, almost Baroque compositions, opens up at least two interpretational possibilities for viewers: seen from a distance, it appears to be a complete allegory that is shown to viewers in a closed shape, strongly impacting their emotions.”

Tadeusz Nyczek

Exhibition Catalogue Grzegorz Stec, Akwedukty snów / Aqueducts of Dreams, the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, Ermitaż Gallery, 2006

“Paintings by Stec undertake the maximum task of embracing both poles, reaching the limits of experience relating to both reality, and a pure sign. (…) His painting technique is stunning. Compositions range from the simplest with one object to complex sets of forms associated with battles, storms, hell, and madness.”

Marek Sołtysik

„Kraków”, 2015, No. 1

“In Light, In Darkness” – this is an exhibition of paintings by Grzegorz Stec which convinces the viewer that the excellent author of the chiaroscuro series, which has been created for years and inspired by the works of former masters and which has been underpinned with poetry, has come to believe in his own capabilities as a colourist. The strength of “Marching Autumn” (2012) that apparently in a vehement manner, and probably in a bold fashion and, most certainly, in an apt way stresses the introduced colour. A decisive form and an open composition with narrowing elements of meaning evoke associations with the conclusive moments of a fight with himself in open space. Elaborated blues, golden yellows, applied in an impasto fashion and more flaming reds are a display of harnessing contrastive combinations. (…)

Such maturity is achieved by few artists – in the case of master Stec it has been once and for all proven by “Autumnal Studio” of 2014.

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