About the Artist

Andrzej Brakoniecki       (b. Poland - 1955)

Andrzej Brakoniecki, painter and printmaker. He has made Vancouver, British Columbia his home for the past 30 years. He studied painting at the Collage of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland and
classical animation at Vancouver Film School.His paintings and prints are in public and private collections in Canada,USA,Mexico, Germany, France, England, Russia and Poland.

About the Artist

Brakoniecki constructs his visual world from elements that are close at hand. His art grows out of fascination. Fascination always struggle for the fullness of artistic experience,
often capricious and unexpeted. His iconography grows slowly. The same elements undergo numerous compositional generetions, with every new work bringing different
emotional message. The two coloured side of a tanker becames a loving leitmotif, painstakingly repeated in succeeding colouristic episodes. The more unexpected colour
combinations the more natural, credible, and refreshing to the eye. His works have the fluidity and freedom of elemental phenomena and human moods. One does not feel
the forced arrengement of external objects, and nature never becomes ''nature morte''. A raised hand, or the head of a bird that for a moment might conceal the silhouette
of a ship, do not stop being ''meaningfully accidental''. They continue to maintain their state of transience and the vibrating paint keeps them wonderfully alive.
Brakoniecki paints the world in motion. Ships sway on water that gravitates towards its own depth, an orange overpass dscribes a semicircle along the lines of its curvature;
the spontaneity of painterly gesture infuses the colour with motion. It makes both the detailed and large areas pulse with inner tension.
                                                                                                                                                                                              G. Zambrzycka

Artist Statement

In my practice as a painter I belief in endless possibilities within colour phenomena. It is liberating rather than classifying, but

liberating paradoxically, towards form and meaning. I strongly belief in the autonomy of act of painting that allows me to make

more personal and intimate statement and with each new work bring different emotional message.

The knowledge of the past artistic practices is important to me. The multi coloured wall of the Fraser Canyon or the two- coloured

side of a tanker in Burrard Inlet is as important to me as Goya's reds and blacks.

Solo Exhibitions

2011                 Dom Polonii Gallery, Krakow, Poland, 'From the Shore' series
2010                 on line gallery,Polish literary magazine - Zeszyty Literackie - www.zeszytyliterackie.pl
2009                 Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Vancouver, B.C.
2006                 Voltije Editions ltd. Gallery, Plougonven, Bretagne, France
2005                 Cotes d'Armor Gallery, Olsztyn, Poland
2004                 Seymour Art Gallery North Vancouver, B.C.,'Malcolm Lowry' series
2003                 Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2002                 BWA Gallery, Olsztyn, Poland, 'Eridanus' series
1999                 Iron Works Studio Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1997                 Cotes d'Armor Gallery, Olsztyn, Poland
1997                 Sandstone City Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1995                 Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C., 'East of Main' series
1994                 Dundarave Print Workshop, Vancouver, B.C.
1992                 Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1991                 City Art Gallery, Olsztyn, Poland
1989                 Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1988                 Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C., 'Conquerors' series
1988                 Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1987                 Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
1987                 Station Art Gallery, White Rock, B.C.
1984                 Dundarave Print Workshop, Vancouver B.C.
1984                 Toni's Art Gallery, White Rock, B.C.