The winners of the 44th Painting Biennale Bielska Jesień 2019
Grand Prix of Bielska Jesień 2019 to Karol Palczak for the set of three "burning" pictures. See the winners of other awards and honourable mentions.
The 44th PAINTING BIENNALE BIELSKA JESIEŃ 2019
under the auspices of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund
Beata Ewa Białecka – painter (Gdańsk, Rodowo)
Anda Rottenberg – art critic, exhibition curator, journalist (Warsaw)
Piotr Rypson, Ph.D – art critic, historian of art and literature, journalist (Warsaw)
– chairman of the jury
Agata Smalcerz – art historian, director of Galeria Bielska BWA (Bielsko-Biała)
Prof. Andrzej Tobis – painter, photographer, academic lecturer (Katowice).
The review and classification of paintings were made during two sessions of the jury: the first on the 28 and 29 May, when the jury reviewed the electronic presentations, and the second on 10 September this year.
The selection was made in an open vote and on the basis of the majority of votes. The competition was entered by 653 artists who submitted 1,959 paintings.
During the first session, the jury shortlisted 119 works by 54 artists. After the second session involving the originals, 115 works by 54 artists were nominated for the exhibition.
Grand Prix – Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (3 photos)
Grand Prix – Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to Karol Palczak
For realistic and highly symbolic painting which combines present-day scenes from provincial life with an atmosphere of anxiety and danger.
Second Prize – Award of the Marshal of the Province of Silesia (3 photos)
Second Prize – Award of the Marshal of the Province of Silesia to Tomasz Kulka
For an original approach to the tradition of church painting and a critical development of religious ritual representations.
Third Prize – Award of the Mayor of Bielsko-Biała (3 photos)
Third Prize – Award of the Mayor of Bielsko-Biała to Paweł Baśnik
For an ingenious and coherent set of works depicting historical figures and representations which interweave the history of Poland with cultures that are considered distant and exotic.
Special Award funded by Winsor&Newton
to Michał Cygan
The work Independence March has been purchased for the Art Collection of Galeria Bielska BWA.
Honourable mentions (14 photos)
Maria Cichoń for the set of three works:
Different Shades of Red – Composition no. XXI (I, II, III)
Sponsored by POLMOTORS Sp. z o.o.
Bartosz Czarnecki for the set of three works:
Hieronymus Bosch – Crucifixion
Blurred reproduction of Bosch’s Temptation of St. Anthony
Reproduction of Brueghel 2/3 – The Fall of the Rebel Angels
Sponsored by FCA Poland SA
Dawid Czycz for the set of three works:
Sponsored by PRO Sp. z o.o.
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas for the set of three works:
Sponsored by LOTOS Terminale SA
Marcin Zawicki for the work
Sponsored by AQUA SA
Maria Cichoń, Different Shades of Red – Composition no. XXI (II), 2018–2019, collage, 20 x 20 x 5 cm
Maria Cichoń, Different Shades of Red – Composition no. XXI (III), 2018–2019, collage, 20 x 20 x 5 cm
Bartosz Czarnecki, Blurred reproduction of Bosch’s Temptation of St. Anthony, 2018, oil on canvas, 190 x 170 cm
Honourable Mentions from Publisher Patrons (15 photos)
Artinfo.pl to Michał Chudzicki
for humility towards Bruegel and a unique approach to time, as manifested by both the laborious work of the artist and the enormous amount of patience that is required from the viewer to absorb the work in its entirety; also, for successful attempts to catalogue the various street games played in leafy alleyways of Poland.
Quarterly Artluk to Karolina Balcer
for the application of optical illusion and simplified perspective in order to make the viewer aware of the relativity of perception of the surrounding world. The artist uses limited signs and geometric simplifications to talk about complicated reality and our place in it.
Art Magazine Format ex aequo: to Michał Chudzicki and Bartosz Czarnecki
for paintings whose themes are clearly inspired by Renaissance masters. The artists’ attitudes accurately match the postmodernist spirit based on novel solution and a quest for new and different artistic perception.
„Gazeta Wyborcza” Katowice to Daria Bidzińska
for realistic and extremely mesmerizing portraits, which discreetly refer to other works of art, intelligently correspond with the sphere of the sacred, as well as providing a voice in the debate about the modern world and Poland.
„Notes Na 6 Tygodni” to Jan Możdżyński
for an exceptional use of colour, for sensitivity and memorable titles which accurately reflect the problems of today's world.
Magazyn „SZUM” toBezimienny / Nameless
for successful transformation of poor textures into good paintings. The artistic project based on "Gothic", which is the entire work of Nameless provides witty allusion into in the ubiquitous culture of nostalgia, while also proving that there are still many ideas left to paint.