In the Dark Ice
oil, canvas, 90 × 130 cm
purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture
Korpaczewski’s artistic signature is unique and distinctive. On the one hand it incorporates strong, unambiguous figures, on the other hand there is a high degree of expressivity in his broad brushstrokes and vibrant colours. He uses figures as visual communicative signs, drawing on their wide spectrum of potential – from facial communication to gestural movements and a more symbolic approach to figures as complete entities. He tends to concentrate his focus on one solitary depicted entity (wither a person or a thing), which always uncompromisingly occupies the centre of the canvas. Korpaczewski’s urgency and economic artistic language draws the viewer deep into the image. Most of his paintings are characterized by a quietly contemplative mood, in which time appears to have stopped. He does not seek out unnecessary drama, nor does he distract the viewer by overlaying various narratives or breaking up the information in disintegrated images. Korpaczewski’s figures are clear, penetrating communicative signs, deliberately wrenched from their wider context and forced into a quiet, contemplative setting which borders on the spiritual.