The auction takes place on 25 May and is organised by Sopocki Dom Aukcyjny in Bydgoszcz
We selected 10 extraordinary sculptures, which are going under the hammer on 25 May at the auction, organised by Sopocki Dom Aukcyjny in Bydgoszcz. The scultures range from small to medium size and are executed in various materials from metal, aluminium, bronze to ceramic and porcelain. Which one is your favourite?
Bruno Althamer, St. George, ceramic, metal, aluminium 82 x 36 cm, – Sculptor, cartoonist, and illustrator. A graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In his works, Bruno Althamer looks for a broad historical context, because in his opinion the sculptor’s role is to create a snapshot of our reality – a picture that will reflect our times for generations to come. He believes that a sculpture can be a wooden figure, a movie, a naked woman, or even a sound or smell. However, the choice of technique should be justified and, above all, deliberate.Presented here at the auction, St. George was created as a result of a thoroughly thought-out concept and the use of many different techniques. The armour was made by a unique casting technique using lost wax. Numerous medallions and devotional objects were sunk in the metal, which the artist systematically collected until he decided to use them. Ceramic elements were carved directly onto the armour.
Mariusz Dydo, Bison XXL, porcelain, 46 x 53 cm, signed 22/2017 – Sculptor, designer. He obtained a diploma in 2004 in the studio of Jerzy Nowakowski at the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. “Bison” combines the classics of design with pop culture in its stylistics. There is an extraordinary lightness, a gentle joke, cunning artistry and a reference to children’s imaginations.
Sylwester Ambroziak, Boy standing on his head, mate, glazed porcelain shell, 31 x 10 cm, signed; A2017 – Polish artist, specialising in sculpture and drawing, and also creating installations and experimenting with animated film. In 1983-1989, he studied at the Sculpture Department of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, in the studios of Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, Stanisław Kulon and Grzegorz Kowalski. Sylwester Ambroziak has created his own, very distinctive creative language. Sculptures of characters are roughly cut, quite massive, with disproportionately large heads and elongated hands, standing on short legs. Multiple award-winning artist.
Jacek Sarapata, Woman sitting, bronze, 30 x 17 cm, signed; J.SARAPATA – Sculptor and teacher. Member of the Union of Polish Visual Artists. He obtained his diploma in 1974 in the sculpture studio of prof. Jerzy Bandura at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In Silesia, he created several monuments, outdoor and sacral sculptures. The artist’s works have been repeatedly exhibited at group exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Jacek Sarapata mainly deals with small forms in bronze, but also creates monumental sculptures in stone and plastic.
Karolina Maszkiewicz, Oczko, venner, steel 57 x 27 x 22 cm – A versatile artist who has a studio in Los Angeles, California. She travelled to the city of angels to study design. Initially, she worked in the fashion industry, but after several years, she decided to migrate to sculpture and joined Brad Howe’s famous studio, where she gained valuable experience. One of Karolina Maszkiewicz’s sculptures was sold in 2017 at a Sotheby’s auction in Vienna. Karolina Maszkiewicz’s kinetic sculptures are an extension of the natural universe, but in a more thoughtful, and almost mathematical way. Her works are made of wood, ceramics and stainless steel and they show organic shapes like leaves and precious stones.
Agnieszka Podkówka, Ofelia, ceramic 32 x 24 cm – A versatile artist, she is active in sculpture, ceramics, film and theatre scenography, as well as in the implementation of short documentary films mainly on artistic subjects. She belongs to a group of playwrights at the New Theatre in Łódź. She has participated in many exhibitions and symposia in Poland and abroad.
Michał Adamowski, Stocks, metal, 38,5 cm, signed; ADAMOWSKI “DYBY” 2015 – Sculptor, most often working with metal. A graduate of the Wojciech Kossak Artistic Secondary School in Łomża. He was awarded his diploma in 2016 at the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk in the studio of prof. Mariusz Białecki.
Tomasz Górnicki, Diptych: Moods I, Moods II, bronze, steel plate, 16 x 12 x 8 cm, signed; Górnicki – Tomasz Górnicki is one of the most interesting sculptors of the new generation in Poland. He received his Master of Arts with honours, at the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, in 2010 in the studio of Janusz Antoni Pastwa. In his work, he moves seamlessly between techniques and materials, working alternately in marble, clay, bronze, and steel. Górnicki is also one of the few sculptors in Europe who, in such an uncompromising manner, annexes street space to meet his creative needs.
Dominik Wdowski, Healing, acrylic resin and polychromatic oil, edition; 1/7, 86 x 38 x 30 cm, signed; DW 1/7 AD 2018 – Wdowski graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He earned his diploma in 2004. He has been commissioned for several monumental works, including the decoration of the facade of the Radom Cathedral, sculptures for the concert hall of the Philharmonic and Opera in Bialystok, and the monument of John Paul II in Rome at Prima Porta.
Bartosz Banasik, Chameleon, acrylic resin, stone base, 39 x 34 cm – Sculptor, involved in social and philanthropic projects. He graduated from the Stanisław Wyspiański High School of Fine Arts in Jarosław. A graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He received his diploma in 2017. He eagerly embarks on various projects, open-air shows and art exhibitions. The subjects of his works are people, their diversity, emotions and the challenges they face. The artist tries to explore the elusive, unnamed aspects of human nature and psyche.