Kochanek - Realistic painting (part one)

My father - Artistic painter Stanisław Kochanek practiced portrait, Landscape and sacral painting, drawing, caricature, scenography, graphics and sculpture. Starting from my earliest days I took active part in my fathers artistic work. The only things left from my childhood are portraits (in crayon and pencil) to which I was a model. From the period of my studies I have a portrait in oil-paint(1969). Another oil-paint portrait,displayed in my private collection, was painted in period of my professional work (1978). My father was above all a painter and sketcher. He also practiced,as I already mentioned, sculpture. He always thought sculpturing to be easier than painting. As he put it: sculptor always has direct contact with space, with shape and perspective. The painter, however, has much more difficult task before him, because he has to create an illusion, a depth of focus on a flat surface using colors, playing with light and darkness. Sculptor in his work does not use color at all. This thesis seems to be true because my father sculpted with ease a model of M. Copernicus Monument in clay using only previously prepared sketches. This clay model was later used to create plaster matrix, from which a brass monument was made and placed in the Main Square of Krosno City. I personally took part in this enterprise. I also took part in majority of his displays. It felt privileged because thanks to my father I was able to personally meet many of contemporary artists and even visit them in their private studios.It all left in my consciousness many a reflection about art. I think that art should ever be a in partnership with human emotions.It has to evoke a feeling of pride, patriotism, satisfaction in its viewers, no mater what their age, social class or educational level might be. Only realistic art is able to show spectacular polish landscapes, monuments new architectural creations and human beings. Abstraction art can cause feelings of sadness,fear and even disgust. In my assumption this is not art at all, it can only be considered an experiment and searching of forms, which, as such, should only take place in artist's study. Realism is the essence of art.It has deep humanistic sense because of continuous contact with history and nature. Contrary to Abstractionists, with their cult of snobbism, their contempt for plain mortal receiver, their inclination to originality, a true artist propagates realistic art in society.

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