The International 3 is pleased to announce that Rafal Topolewski's first solo show will take place at The International 3. This new body of work continues the artist's exploration into the role of image making in the contemporary world and the position of the painting and the painter within this. In seeking to create paintings
rather than pictures, Topolewski's practice is focused on the process of painting, its physicality and accidental acts. Subject matter is of secondary, almost incidental interest to the artist whose use of repeated motifs (objects for sale, imagined landscapes, palm and pine trees) are chosen as much for their challenging textures as for their concepts or stories.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a commissioned text written by Professor Pavel Büchler.
Born in Grudziadz (Poland) in 1983, Topolewski graduated in 2012 with a first class BA Hons Fine Art degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. Since graduating Topolewski has exhibited at The International 3, (Manchester), The Royal Standard (Liverpool), Malgras Naudet (Manchester) London Art Fair with the Catlin Guide, at Art Gwangju with Castlefield Gallery, CAVE art-fair and with The International 3 at Art 13. Topolewski was one of the four finalists of The Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4's New Sensations Prize 2012, and was recently invited by The Zabludowicz Collection to take part in 'Testing Ground: Master Class'. His work is held in a number of private collections and in The Saatchi Collection. Topolewski will begin an MA at The Royal Academy Schools, London in September 2013.
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