What we are looking at could be classified as a landscape. The natural formations were simplified and synthesized, fitted into the colourful mosaic of fields and squares. Due to its expressiveness and the way the subject was presented – this painting ranks somewhere in the middle between figurative and abstract art. Its title points at the figurative nature of the work and also serves as a guide helping to identify each motif: birds perching on the leafless branches, a landscape seen with the bird’s eye, the sky over the horizon, pushed to the very top edge. The spots of colour appear to be the main elements of the composition, their expanses emphasized by the brightly coloured contours give just an essence of the shape they portray. The palette is bright, intense and full of inner glow, nearly fluorescent. It is based on primary and secondary colours with lots of white blended into them. The spots of colour are clashed together causing strong contrasts on all the possible levels: chromatic, cool vs. warm hues and high-low saturation. The rhythm of particular colour divisions echoes in the well-balanced composition. Horizontal and vertical partitions determine coloured spots resembling geometrical figures like rectangles and trapezoids. The regularity of this division is disturbed by the meandering linear pattern in the first plane. It is dappled with simplified silhouettes of birds. This layered structure helps to establish spatial relations. Bird’s Paradise I glimmers with a plethora of surreal colours and suggestively portrays a world where the line between real and imaginary blurs into one. It’s the artist’s invitation to his fantasy world, the paradise – home of beauty, harmony and positive energy. The birds placed high above the ground convey a certain message: praising freedom and exhilaration with the new exiting territories. [M. Ipczyńska]


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