Polish artist Pawel Jasinski, was born in Gródek, Poland, a charming village near the Dunajec River. After he has graduated National Secondary Art School in Nowy Wiśnicz, he studied Sacred Art Studies at PAT in Krakow, a city that you can easily fall in love with.
“In my paintings I try to talk about hope, happiness, sadness, loneliness, beauty, and ugliness. People’s reactions to my paintings tend to be very different. Someone once asked me why I don’t paint things that are truly beautiful, such as the sea, horses or mountains. A question arises – What is beauty and can we define it?.” - Pawel Jasinski
For Pawel being surrounded and inspired by the magnificent art works of the capital of Polish culture led to an increased motivation to develop his artistic nature. Currently Pawel lives and creates in friendly and picturesque Dublin - a completely different cultural environment which further feeds his artistic nature as a result of this new experience .
Jasinski has exhibited his paintings in several European countries including Latvia, Ireland, Poland and England. His portrait paintings of Paul Brady has been printed on the side of a building in Temple Bar's The Icon Factory – located in the historical centre of Dublin.
Pawel is a founder of The Tree Art Studio Company which specializes in producing personalized gifts for individuals, companies and institutions looking for unique designs.
In his artwork, Jasinski strives to portray a diverse world, bringing in themes of tolerance, loneliness, love and longing, often in a humorous and subtle ways. One of his favourite motifs is that of a woman, often of an unrealistically large size. Painted in many different ways, she is a symbol of fertility and maternity.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
I was born in a very beautiful place with forests and lakes, which shaped my sensitivity to beauty. As a child, I have always been interested in drawing and painting. It was not easy to decide to go to an art school, as the more I met with a wall off prejudices from my family, the more determined I was to follow my dream. If You know The Billy Eliot story I would say that it is my ninety percent my story, although I never danced in the ballet. After my studies I moved to Ireland for new experiences, better work opportunities and adventure. Usually, in the beginning I was exhausted after night shifts, but in my free time...I painted. Eventually I gave up my full time job and decided to focus more on painting and designing.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I paint a lot of different things and take up many topics. However, most often there are images of women in various situations and painted on various styles from realism to surrealism. When applying my paints to the canvas I put tend to put them on in a very smooth and gentle manner.
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
Once, I met a girl who would later become a good friend of mine. She is an XXL girl and she inspired me to paint pictures with large ladies. In the future I would like to paint more works in larger formats and keep improving my art skills and technique.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
The inspiration for painting is simply life and situations that I observe around me. I also have my models that pose for some of my paintings. I try to observe nature and how light changes during the day and seasons.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
The first person who noticed my talent was art teacher in primary school and she was trying to convince my parents to let me go to art school.
I am a social person. There were always many peoples around me. Some of them encouraged me to create and not to forget about my talent. I listen to their opinions and often they inspire me for new art-works. My favourite artists are Modigliani, Klimt but above all Vermeer van Delft.
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I mostly paint with oil on canvas. I have my favourite shop in the centre of Dublin, where I can use the relief for artists and buy good quality canvas and brushes.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
I paint pictures straight after I have an idea for the painting. I sketch the composition and think about the colour and the way of painting. I paint vigorously and quite quickly. Only details take me a long time and sometimes a few days. I often come back to my works and change them or repaint them.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?
The Icon Factory and Aga Szot Studio allow artists to use the live painting studio. I'm taking part in this program and I go to work there three or four days a week. That pushed me to a routine and made the days more planned. I start with the preparation of paints, as well as a good coffee then I start to work. Often I paint at my home ass well.
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?
I usually focus on one painting, although I sometimes come back to other piece when in my head comes up an idea to change or add something.
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
During my education I focused mostly on tasks given by my teachers. After studies I had some brake from art activities. Then I came back with fresh mind and thousands ideas.
Which of your artworks are you most proud off?
I am proud of the picture titled “Woman on the Temple Bar”. It was chosen by the curator of The Hunt Museum in Limerick for a painting of the month December 2017.
I am also proud of artwork titled: “In the Secret garden”. I painted this image very lightly and without pressure. I think that this picture is very subtle and unreal. Symbolic and colourful. A woman is like a character from another planet, unreal but full of peace and gentleness.
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?
Yes of course. If I could travel back in time I would like to move to Italy, to the Renaissance or to the Netherlands when Vermer van Delft was creating the paintings I admire.
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
I think artists have the power to affect reality. In my opinion they should engage more with the issues of today's world. On my previous exhibitions in Ireland, England, Poland or Latvia I tried to raise the problems of tolerance, xenophobia, racism.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
Take as much as you can from your learning time and focus on the gaining of knowledge and skills. At the beginning these are the most important elements of your development.Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is their another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
I love Renaissance style with perfect proportions, the Middle Ages with gold background and art nouveau with its decorative style.
We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
Yes, there are some works that are in a continual process. I feel there is still something to change but I am not sure what. I often come back to work on them and then I leave them again to return to them at some point in the future until I am satisfied.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment, I am focused on completing all commissions I have. One of them is a cycle of 6 large format images for a music school in Swords, Dublin. Another is a work called “Magic tree” and also a portrait. So, there is variety in my work, which allows me to challenge myself whilst at the same time continually honing my skills as an artist ..... it is a never-ending journey of exploration, learning and development.
Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?
I am a zodiacal lion, and - like all cats - love to walk my own ways, that's why I never imagined to create in a group.