About Zenon Gradkowski’s work
Zenon Gradkowski is an artist based in Nottingham, England, who works mainly in paint, and occasionally in collage and drawings.
In the early formation of these paintings the primarily interest was making semi-abstract figure paintings that were related to much body based work of the time. As the work progressed each form became minimal in comparison to earlier work, via colour reduction and eventual multiplication, allowing the paintings to achieve more in their own work and development.
In terms of art theory there was a combination of text on abstraction and the body informing the work. As the work moved on from these sources it began to occupy a territory of it's own that is still being explored.
The paintings now achieve more within themselves. There is an exploration of painting’s artificial depth. More specifically there is interplay between the forms and how they create space. The sense of space used simple rules to create artificial depth. Just as the paintings started to adhere to these rules, they now bend those rules towards the necessity of reaching final outcome. However the search for a final outcome is a continuous loop.
The continuous search for a conclusion led towards influences outside the area of painting. Absorption, recycling and influence of culture and outside sources drive the work forward. Is the continuous search for a conclusion a search for a reality that like the conclusion cannot be reached?