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Orbiting

For those who are seeking new places, experiences and heights. For art connoisseurs and party animals. Jacek Łydżba’s exhibition in Soho Factory – the trendiest destination in Warsaw’s Praga – is an invitation to enter an energetic orbit of painting. Łydżba seduces his audience with bold colours and a repertoire of his favourite motifs. This is going to be a gathering of gorgeous female cyclists, tamed wolves and cult aeroplanes. For one evening that huge post-industrial hall will be filled with paintings and Jacek’s male and female fans. The guests will also have a chance to enjoy beer and live music.

Jacek Łydżba : Orbiting

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Jacek Łydżba

Orbiting

April 2011

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A girl, a gal, a woman

A child, a girl and a teenage gal are his daughters and their peers. The woman has got the face of a Greek goddess, a wife, a mother, a student, an acquaintance.

The angel is also a woman. Jacek makes an exception only for St. Michael, because the archangel must look like a formidable warrior, like a man.

The motif of a female cyclist must have been taken from nostalgia, infatuations and his memories of youth. In his university years he travelled with other members of his cycling club all around Poland. They visited old mansions and wooden churches. The boys were always dashing forward, but Jacek would linger at the back with girls – they were so pretty, aesthetic, in their plimsolls worn on bare feet, and their short trousers. Nevertheless, he prefers skirts, and in his paintings female cyclists are somewhat taken from a different era – slightly sentimental, like in old photographs or a pre-war fashion magazine.

Karolina and Kaja – the daughters, the girls. Jacek painted the elder one – Karolina – for the very first time when she was one year old. His wife Elżbieta was holding her in her arms. Nowadays Karolina is a conscious model, although she gets fed up with all the alterations and numerous poses her father wants her to assume. She comes to his study with her girlfriends and gladly dumps posing on them. Every girl would like to be a painter’s model, but it bores his daughter since it’s become a routine for her.
He has been painting Kaja since her earliest childhood – she’s been growing in his paintings.

A woman has no apparent age or the painter hasn’t defined her age yet. Neither has he painted an old woman yet. And generally speaking, what does “old” mean here? It’s a very relative term. The mother who posed for his early paintings seemed very mature then, and now he can only perceive her as a young woman. Anyway, age is of little or no importance – a model’s beauty is determined by her energy and warmth.

The stranger – the last woman has got the face of a girl at the hairdresser’s he’s been going to and is not a complete stranger any more. He’s been nurturing her for months now and he’d like to start painting.

Jacek Łydżba

Jacek Łydżba

Born in 1966 in Włoszczowa. Studied at College of Visual Arts in Czestochowa and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduated (Distinction) in 1989 in the poster art under tutorage of Prof Maciej Urbaniec. In 1999 nominated for a Passport Award by magazine “Polityka”. He has been working in the Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa since 1995.