Integration – the new mural in Bielsko-Biała
The work of Paweł Swanski presents the eternal fight of the forces of nature.
The large-sized painting which presents fighting animals – an eagle and a dragon – was made on the wall of Wokulski shopping centre facing 11 Listopada Street in the heart of Bielsko-Biała just by the bridge on the River Biała.
The mural was made by the Warsaw artist under the name of Paweł Swanski at the beginning of September 2018. It is another work that has occurred through the 5th “oBBraz miasta” project realized by Fundacja Galerii Bielskiej and Galeria Bielska BWA.
The mural - “Scalenie” (“Integration”) - is another piece of art created by the Warsaw artist that has occurred as the part of his series named “Gąszcz” (“The Maze”).
By the presentation of fighting animals - an eagle and a dragon – Swanski pays attention on laws of nature that have a direct influence on human relationships. In the human world as in the animal kingdom, an ongoing struggle is continued, stronger mostly wins and each process comes full circle, rendering that despite of uproar and incongruities everything follows the world order. Through the mural the artist draws our attention to force of Mother Earth and links between us. Swanski created the mural for Bielsko-Biała in linear style that characterizes him and refers to East art, its symbols, xylography works but also modern art of tattoo.
Justyna Łabądź, curator of the “oBBraz miasta” project
Paweł Swanski – a painter, graphic designer and author of animations and music videos. He was born in 1980 in Warsaw. He belongs to the so-called Generation of Change. Despite his young age, he is an artist of many forms, who is already respected domestically as well as abroad. He is associated with urban culture, he has also started to achieve successes on contemporary art auctions. His art often comments on the real world and documents it as well.
He has had two individual exhibitions in Poland, he also participated in RedBullBoxGallery in the Laboratory Building of Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, in “Laktacje” Galerie Nabrezi in Prague (the Czech Republic), in the collective exposition named Art of Football in Milan (Italy) and in Basel (Switzerland) during the Art Basel.
The mural was created under the “oBBraz miasta #5” project organised by Fundacja Galerii Bielskiej and Galeria Bielska BWA in Bielsko-Biała. The idea of the project is to enrich the urban space with works of respected artists.
Until now, during the four previous editions of the project, invited artists created eight works on the walls of tenement buildings in Bielsko-Biała:
2014 – “Pasterz” (“The Shepherd”) by the group Projekt ETNOGRAFF, “Sowa” (“The Owl”) by Turbos, “Sztuka dla lepszego życia” (“Art for a Better Life”) by Izabela Ołdak
2015 – “Frasunek” (“Worry”) by Marcin Malik Malicki, “Koronka” (“Lace”) by NeSpoon, „Kozica” (“Chamois”) by Ilona Krieser
2016 – “Noc Świętojańska” (“Midsummer’s Eve”) by Natalia Rak
2017 – “Blue Monday” by Mateusz Gapski – Bezt
The “oBBraz miasta #5” project is co-financed from the Bielsko-Biała municipal budget.
Project organised by the Fundacja Galerii Bielskiej and Galeria Bielska BWA.
Curator: Justyna Łabądź.
The main associate and sponsor of the project is Leroy-Merlin Polska Sp. z o.o.