ABOUT

Andrzej Urbanski is a contemporary painter who functions within his own harmony of rules and marked parameters. His distilled geometric language is a working practice that is clearly attuned to both fluid movement and stable formal resolution. It takes great effort for a painted surface to ebb and flow effortlessly. The artworks of Urbanski undulate with this ease – a complex saturation of ‘frequencies’ that denote painstaking awareness of colour and forms and equally one feels a calming resolved balance. This rhyme of shapes converges to expresses a state of perfection for the artist. Some even evoke the sensation of three-dimensionality despite being flat planes of colour, and this serves to allow us the viewers to project the experience from beyond the canvas and into our own personal space. Urbanski is a rare breed of artist – one who authentically manages to playfully negotiate perfect applications and concrete designs with a focused ability that denotes fresh and pertinent abstract experimentation. -Emma Van Der Merwe, Head Curator Everard Read Circa,

“I believe I can be better than the machine.” The street runs deeply in his blood. Urbanski left his days of full-time train bombing back in Berlin where he started writing in his teens and now creates large, shimmering, optically bending spaces composed from the architectural squares, triangles and hexagons of today’s contemporary built environment. The years as an undergraduate student in the very newly de-walled Berlin was a time of full-time devotion to graffiti for this Polish-born but German-homed artist. It was only after he had received his BA in Communication and Graphic Design (BTK-FH, Berlin) (2010) and set off to complete an MFA at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland (2012), that Urbanski left the train yards behind to pursue a more traditional form of painting full-time. The works you see before you today are a culmination of that biography a testament to abstract art as a direct engagement with the world, not a withdrawal from it. Since his 2012 Residency in South Africa Urbanski has devoted his time to the streets, cultures and social interactions of his new home city, Cape Town.

Exhibition List

2017

  • Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read /CIRCA, 2017 Cape Town
  • Summer Exhibition II, Group Show, Everard Read, London 2017
  • Winer Collection, group Exhibition, CIRCA, Cape town 2017
  • Hardline, Group Exhibition, CIRCA, Cape Town 2017
  • Southern Abstraction, group exhibition, Everard Read, London, 2017
  • Spectrum, group exhibition, CIRCA, Johannesburg, 2017

2016

  • HARDLINE, CIRCA Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 2016
  • FNB Joburg Art Fair solo booth with Salon91, Johannesburg. South Africa.
  • AKKA Art Fair, Everard Read/ CIRCA Booth, Paris, France
  • Abstract Show, group show, Circa & Everard Read, Johannesburg, 2016
  • Winter Collection, group show, Everard Read, Cape Town 2016
  • Paths, Two-man exhibition with Tahiti Pehrson at Salon91. 2016
  • Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91 2016

2015

  • Bronze, Steal and Stone, group sculpture show, Circa & Everard Read, Johannesburg 2015
  • This is the Place, a group exhibition at Salon91 2015
  • Turbine Art Fair with Salon91 2015
  • MINDGAME, a solo exhibition at Salon91 2015
  • Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2015
  • Golden Haze, Salon91, 2015

2014

  • Turbine Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg 2014
  • Paper is You II, group show at Salon91, Cape Town. 2014
  • Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91 2014

2013

  • A Vacant Passage, Works by Paul Senyol & Andrzej Urbanski with Salon91
  • Abstract Stories, /A Word of Art, Cape Town. 2013

2012

  • Kalahari Catalyst Art Auction, Cape Town; 2012
  • One K Collection, Lovell Gallery, Cape Town; 2012
  • Chance Visitor, Solo exhibition /A Word of Art, Cape Town 2012
  • Neo-Maso, Geneva, Switzerland; 2012
  • Art Base, Art Festival, Berlin 2012
  • Retranchment-Manoir de Martigny, Switzerland; 2012
  • Living Walls, The City Speaks, Atlanta, Gerogia, USA; 2012
  • The Swarm exhibition, Vancouver, Canada. 2012
  • Process No. 14, works by Sabine Grizmek, Andrzej Urbanski and Carina Jo Sivager, Prozessgallerie, Berlin. 2011
  • Process No. 01, group exhibition Prozessgallerie, Berlin 2009