Tomek At Galerie Celal
French artist Tomek has announced his debut solo exhibition, Accident, which will be presented at the Paris based Galerie Celal. The debut Tomek solo exhibition will present a new series of works created by the French artist on glass and Plexiglas using acrylic paints that show off his beautifully gestural and sumptuous marks to full effect. The abstract studio based works of Tomek are a result of his time spent tagging on the streets with the infamous Parisian graffiti crew PAL (Peace and Love), that he has translated into his own unique vision of painting. Galerie Celal was home to the wonderful group exhibition Croisement which featured the works of Graphic Surgery, Erosie along with Tomek and Polyrhythmic Beats by Spanish street artist Kenor.
Debut Tomek Solo Exhibition
The beautifully crafted paintings that will be presented in the debut Tomek solo exhibition at Galerie Celal in Paris, such as Suite A L’eponge Rose and Suite A L’eponge Chair, show the unique painting style that Tomek has developed that incorporates the distinct tagging style that he mastered on the streets of Paris. Accident sees Tomek moving forward with his experiments into gestural and abstract painting, working on glass and Plexiglas allows the French artist to fully exploit the marks created by the acrylic paint and brush as it settles on the surface revealing every detail of the movement of Tomek’s hand in the art of creation while using glass and Plexiglas gives the finished works a beautiful luminosity. Take a look at the works of Thierry Furger in Thierry Furger at Kolly Gallery and Retna in Retna at Hoerle-Gueggenheim for other artist inspired by graffiti writing.
Accident at Galerie Celal, Paris
Accident at Galerie Celal, Paris, the debut Tomek solo exhibition, comes on the back of his successful show alongside the well know Dutch visual artist Erosie, also held at Galerie Celal in early 2014, that saw the French artist exhibiting for the first time as an independent artist and managing to sell all the artworks he had in the show. Tomek explores the paradox that exits between graffiti tagging and abstract painting, concentrating on the form and composition of the letters but not the legibility of the words, making the calligraphy deliberately disorderly to achieve abstraction and expression through the gestural and sumptuous marks. Accident also explores the ideas that in general people do not like graffiti tagging on the streets, but by offering it in an abstracted form in a gallery he is presenting something that people may not like in the street but may enjoy in a different environment. See the work of JonOne in Evolution to Oils and Niels Shoe Muelman in Shoegazing for more work inspired by graffiti writing.
Pablo Tomek grew up in the Western suburbs of Paris, France, where he became inspired by the graffiti tags on the streets and the bombing on the trucks that eventually saw him adding his own style to the street art scene of Paris. Tomek developed his style working with the six-piece Parisian crew PAL (Peace and Love), learning the rules of classic graffiti styles so they could later break the rules to add their own novel twist to street art. Although the works created by Tomek on the streets and in the studio inform each other, he feels that classic graffiti has no place in a gallery where it loses its essential meaning from being on the street, so he has developed his unique approach to presenting abstracted views of his tagging on glass. You may also enjoy the work of Stohead in Stohead: Now and APEX in New Explorations by APEX.
The debut Tomek solo exhibition, Accident, opens at Galerie Celal, Paris on 6th March, 2015 and runs through until 20th March, 2015. Opening reception 5th March, 2015 at 18:30hr.
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All images courtesy of Galerie Celal.