Stephen Najda Uses the Human Figure as a Starting Point for Painting the Unknown
The art of Stephen Najda explores the human figure in all its complexity from a multitude of perspectives, using a juxtaposition of vivid colour, delineating line, intriguing form and fluid brush strokes to create a powerful narrative. Many of the paintings at first appear impenetrable, but the ambiguity is the essence of the work. This is a voyage of discovery, an exploration of the primitive-self, at the boundary between imagination and subconscious dream, to produce an ‘abstraction of thought’. Najda calls this inner vision a ‘superposition of elemental art’ or ‘Quantism’.
Najda's art work engages the viewer in a mysterious narrative of sparse landscape with ambiguous human form creating a tension that provokes a wide range of humanistic, scientific, philosophical and intellectual questions. Najda describes this as 'painting the unknown'.
Born in Scotland, Najda holds a PhD in physics from St.Andrews University. Often described as ‘Renaissance Man’, Najda is a polymath in science, literature and art. Najda’s exploration of art moves effortlessly across painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and video. He currently divides his time between Poland and Scotland.
Exhibition Dates: June 10, 2017 – June 30, 2017
Reception: Thursday, June 15,2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Stephen_Najda.aspx
Stephen Najda | Johanna Wray | Maribel Matthews | Saskia Weishut-Snapper | Ken Wada | Vinod More | Gita Levy | Alexander Adam | Shifra | Jolanta Talaikiene | Josefina Wendel Carlsson | Claudia C Forero | Carmen Félix
About the Exhibition
Unbound Perspectives, a group exhibition that spans new painting, photography, drawing, and even wood, opens this June at Agora Gallery. The show puts Japanese experiments with abstract textures in ink next to Mexican hyperrealistic oil portraits of real-life figures. There are fantastical manipulations of the female body in wood from Armenia and Indian contemplations of the infinite in acrylic. Side by side, the pieces challenge us to figure out what they have in common as much as they ask us how they are different. When artwork of this kind of range is presented altogether, an image of the state of contemporary art begins to emerge. Unbound Perspectives is essential viewing for anyone looking for a true survey of contemporary art that is far-reaching yet discerning.
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