WORDS BY THE AUTHOR / In my paintings, I try to be as authentic as possible. I don’t really choose the subjects, I rather let them develop along the process. I think that the pool of images in the subconscious plane of the mind is endless and there is always something that surprises me. I tend to stay on the edge of the descriptive, provoking the audience’s imagination to translate it into its own language. That also connects us on the non-verbal level of understanding, making space for freedom of interpretation.
The Space Passengers
The New Life of the Ancient Ruins
There are, however, sources of inspiration that I have to mention: Gustav Meyrink’s books, in which I’ve found the essence of understanding what the nature of matter is, some of Rudolf Steiner’s texts and, of course, Surrealist an Metaphysical painters. I combine and transmute my personal life with that imagery in attempt to create an artwork that can stand alone, hoping that it would speak to a viewer even a hundred years from today.
The Night Cactus
ABOUT THE AUTHOR / In 2013, Jakub was a student at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid where the Spanish modernist tradition made a strong impression on him. After encountering the works of artists such as the famous Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, his art is even more concerned with imagination combined with Cubist elements. Tytykalo’s colourful collages combine acrylic painting with paper stencils and often reference magical realism or spiritualism.
Riding The Unseen
As the Prám Studio, a unique artist residence space that is currently housing his atelier, says about him: “In Jakub Tytykalo’s work, we can trace the inspiration of classical modernism. Fragmented creatures, still lifes, landscapes and, more recently, urban scenes are reminiscent of Cubism in their compositional structure and reduced colour palette. In contrast to the Cubist emphasis on the act of seeing and the problem of depiction, however, Tytykalo turns to the imagination: he models matter in his paintings primarily with an emphasis on its imaginative potential.”
The Unstable Follower
The messages between the lines