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Paweł Susid

Untitled (colours already used by artists)

painting, acrylic on canvas; 24x160 cm

Paweł Susid's Untitled (colours already used by artists) painting employs a schematic summary of iconic works from the history of art and colours attributed to famous artists it actually seems to be a joke. But what might Susid be joking about?

Veronese green [viridian] is a specific shade of blue-green that can be seen in the paintings Lucretia or the Allegory of the Battle of Lepanto by Paolo Veronese, an Italian Renaissance painter. Yves Klein, the author of monochrome blue paintings, used a characteristic shade of blue that he invented himself. Susid also assigns him the colour gold, which appeared in Kleins conceptual-performative activities. Alexander Rodchenko, one of the leading representatives of Russian Constructivism, in 1921 created the famous triptych: Pure Red Colour, Pure Yellow Colour, Pure Blue Colour. Black and white are the colours of Black Square the most famous work of Kazimir Malevich.

Is Susid looking for his own colour? Or is he being ironic about what new and truly original things can artists bring to art? The texts in Susids paintings indicate that the thoughts conveyed are also important to him. Because of this, his manner of expression resembles the language of the poster (but without being too literal). He uses words to indicate selected phenomena and invites the viewer to reflect on them further.

Paweł Susid is a painter, illustrator, designer, and teacher. In 1978, he graduated from the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In his works, he uses geometric compositions to which he adds short texts with the use of a template. They are usually humorous comments relating to current social events or real-life situations.