Michal Lukasiewicz was born in 1974 in Pulawy, Poland but has been living and working in Antwerp for over 15 years. Lukasiewicz portrays his subjects with the tenderness and warm sensuality of the High Renaissance, combined with the vibrancy of Pop art in his use of bright colours. Working primarily in acrylic on a gesso ground, his works are at times almost entirely monochr...ome. Michal is also well known for his far more colourful paintings adorned with patches and shades of off-white, and a kaleidoscope of other colours. The off-white in his paintings comes entirely from his use of gesso. He works with his canvas on the wall or floor. This gives him a firm surface to rub through the thin layers of acrylic to the white gesso beneath.
Despite the contemporary expressiveness of his palette, his nude subjects, mostly women, have a mysteriously quiet nature about them. His influences range from the Renaissance and Masters of the 19th century to Modernism, while the poses often allude to Classical sculpture recalling traditional magnificence. The artists paintings capture a relatively simple moment, but there is a more complicated message behind each piece, an abiding quality enhanced by the lack of references to modern life. Which recalls famous figures in art like Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa”, or Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. “My paintings are of the human form, the soft tenderness that it can transfer to the viewer; never the anger of the world but the peace and harmony that humans are capable of,” Lukasiewicz shares. “I have been influenced by living in Belgium and painters of the Benelux countries. I try to show the placid side of the subject using light, the reflection of light and the shadows. This emphasises the subject’s form and curves. I try to achieve the smoothness of skin and the body. Consequently no brush strokes are visible to the viewer.