Winston Chmielinski - Laughter

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Winston Chmielinski’s paintings have been called “ecstatic”, and in the US press, almost without fail critics made reference to Bacon and Matisse, De Kooning and Monet in their effort to classify the remarkable work of this twenty-five-year-old artist. At the same time there is a broad consensus that his work “is defiantly his own.” In November and December of last year, Winston Chmielinski was presented by his New York gallery in a first solo exhibition, and subsequently, during the week of the Armory Show, he also had a solo presentation at the VOLTA art fair. Immediately the New York Arts Magazine listed him as one of the “5 Artists To See During Armory Art Week,” and he found himself on OUT magazine’s “Hot List 2013”. Just like the above-mentioned Francis Bacon, Winston Chmielinski, who studied philosophy, literature, and creative writing, is self-taught as an artist. His paintings attest to a remarkable aplomb, especially in view of his young age, but their painterly impact, their sensual aura, and their expressiveness have convinced us that he is one of the most exciting young talents from the US. We are very pleased to present Winston Chmielinski at the gallery in his first solo show in Europe, which will run parallel to Berlin Art Week, which, very fittingly this year has the programmatic motto “Painting Forever!” "Shakespeare, in his attempt to define love, wrote: 'misshapen chaos of well seeming forms'. Paintings by young American artist Winston Chmielinski resemble that line. They are powerful, condensed yet delicate strokes of pastel colors and evocative forms. Some more abstract than others, shapes vanish and paint breaks out. The human figure viewed as a metamorphosed vision, a brilliant vision." – Berlin Artparasites "Where little moments constantly begin and nothing seems to end, the paintings of Winston Chmielinski pleasurably weave organic, fleshy figures into a swirling world of color. Chmielinski tames his seemingly chaotic works with a distinct care for detail, ordering the figurative elements in what – upon closer inspection – appears to be a methodically calculated and controlled composition. A Rothko-like sensitivity towards color, combining bright hues in a linear yet bleeding-over quality, provokes tingles of emotion, while cleverly worded titles (…) hint at deeper layers of meaning." – Sarah Gretsch, Berlin Art Link Image: Winston Chmielinski, Filled Land, 2013, Oil on paper, 44 x 57 cm

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Address Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art Fasanenstrasse 37 10719 Berlin

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Winston Chmielinski - Laughter

Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art Fasanenstrasse 37 10719 Berlin