A Modern Art Master
Bartosz Majczak connects the conscious and unconscious with his mixed-media projects.
Majczak uses spray paint, viscous acrylic paste, oil paint, and a papier-mâché technique.
Courtesy of the artist
For Alameda artist Bartosz “Bart” Majczak, painting is play. “I love playing with paint and figuring out what paint wants to do,” the artist said at Autobody Fine Art where an in-progress purple-hued mixed-media abstract painting (below) dominated his studio space.
“Ultimately, I just want to make good paintings,” Majczak said.
As an artist, Majczak, 41, said he likes to explore the boundaries of creativity and invites his audience to do the same. His take on the inspiration behind creating modern art is refreshing because he clearly appreciates the pure joy and beauty in creating and witnessing the art.
Born in Poland, he landed in the East Bay in the early 2000s after leaving New England. Majczak is a graphic designer by trade with a confessed fondness for creating art that uses “both sides of his brain.” His art often represents a compelling balance of measured geometry and a free-form style of mixed-media abstracts.
A self-proclaimed geek, Majczak said he draws inspiration from the science fiction of Philip K. Dick and the paintings of David Lynch. His abstract canvases contain waves of texture, organic patterns, and vibrantly layered colors. “The mess that’s in my head,” he said. His Pelicans Are Dissimilar From Flamingos and Beating A Dead Horse Back To Life are big paintings on connected canvases that bring cohesion to what is otherwise fragmented. Majczak said he sees his materials—spray paint, a viscous acrylic paste, oil paints, and a papier-mâché technique—as tools of communication between his conscious and unconscious self.
Majczak, a fan of Marcel Duchamp, pays homage to the artist with a striking pair of recent paintings, Through the Large Looking Glass and This Is Not a Fountain. These pieces were created with whimsical inky-black paint on a found pair of sliding-glass shower doors, framed in patinaed gold. Painting on the found objects, he said, expressed a representative moment for modern art.
“Ready-made objects in modern design is about remixing the past, finding a new angle on what is familiar. Modern art is essentially a remix of something that has come before it.”
Explore his work on his website, Bartomon.com. Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park St., 510-326-3043, AutobodyGalleryAndstudios.com, has gallery hours 6-9 p.m. Fridays, 4-7 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment.