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Kip Kowalski

$5,000

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My work is an audacious and blasphemous satire of human ignorance that confronts the absurdities I find in many religious and secular beliefs. I paint and draw the comically grotesque and the obscenely ugly using a surreal mix of metaphors, visual distortions and slapstick humor that question these preposterous teachings with an unending intensity. These paintings and drawings are my personal journal, my voice of thoughts and feelings witnessed daily concerning these unnecessary follies. I consider my work as being from a long line of art history starting with African fetishes and Greek attitudes, running through the proverbs of Bruegel, the comic Capriccios and the horrific Disasters of War by Goya, going through the extreme subject matter of Bacon, the autobiographical Guston, to the sensual playfulness of Picasso.

20
42.5"H × 32"W × 3"D
Painting
Oil
Nudes
Surrealism
Framed
Oil on canvas
No
No

STATEMENT

My work is an audacious and blasphemous satire of human ignorance and apathy that confronts the absurdities I find in many contemporary religious beliefs. I tackle biblical lore that is celebrated as fact over the findings of empirical science, such as the denial (held by over 50% of the populace) that evolution is real. My work is also a reaction to the pervasive attitude in many secular and non-secular societies, including our own, that women are the lesser gender. I use my work to mock and challenge these follies - which are passed down from generation to generation - drawing and painting the comically grotesque and the obscenely ugly to create a narrative that questions these preposterous teachings using a surreal mix of metaphors, visual distortions and slapstick humor. I believe that this ignorance causes suffering and despair on personal (hatred) and global (war) levels. This grotesquery may cause uneasiness in the viewer; not because of the deformed imagery itself, but because the subject matter disturbs – and questions – the viewer’s conscious beliefs.

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