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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stanislaw Zoladz

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:46 am

Stanislaw Zoladz
Stanislaw Zoladz is a watercolor painter originally from Poland, where he studied at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, now living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.

Zoladz’ beautifully refined paintings are infused with light in many forms, from scintillating daylight to the muted, atmospheric effects of overcast days.

From the relatively small images on his website, you might be inclined to categorize his work as hyper-realistic, or even photo-realistic, but in those few higher resolution images you can find online, it’s clear that his work, when viewed in more detail, retains the fresh immediacy of watercolor painting at its best.

This effect is exaggerated a bit by the fact that in much of his studio work, Zoladz works fairly large. He paints from life, and as far as I know does not rely on photographs for reference, creating his larger studio pieces from smaller location studies.

There are larger images reproduced on the site of Konsthuset Galleri. There is also an interview with Zoladz on the Art of Watercolor blog that includes a few images that are linked to larger versions.

In both of the sections of his website galleries, for originals and reproductions, it’s worth noting that there are additional pages linked from a row of numbers under the thumbnails, and the galleries are actually nicely extensive.

Zoladz is featured in the current issue of Art of Watercolor magazine (Summer 2013, n11).

I’ve listed what other resources I could find below.

[Suggestion courtesy of James Gurney]

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  1. Comment by Dave Brasgalla
    Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    Wow, these are all gorgeous, and I am embarrassed to say I haven’t heard of this fellow Stockholmer… the steamboat in the 3rd picture looks to be the Waxholm III, which I just happened to have spent about 10 hours aboard this past saturday! Zoladz has certainly captured the feel of many of the places in and around Stockholm… the beautiful rocks of the archipelago and lakes… terrific work!

    Thanks for this tip, Charley. Now I know what I’m doing this weekend – heading to Bukowskis to gawk. :)

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    My pleasure, Dave. Thanks for the comments. I envy your ability to saunter over to Bukowskis to see some originals.

  3. Comment by Steve Kohr
    Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 12:59 am

    Wow, super impressed! I’m always in awe of artists who produce this degree of realism, especially in watercolor!

  4. Comment by Chris Sheban
    Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    Great work. That broken-up ice on the water is absolutely beautiful.

  5. Comment by David Brasgalla
    Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    Charley, I decided to head over to my favourite local newsstand today and when I arrived, I couldn’t find any issues of “Art of Watercolor”. I know they carry it, so I asked the chap at the counter, and he said “I think we have one left back here”. He found the last one under a pile. When he handed it to me, I pointed at the Zoladz cover art and said that the artist lived in Stockholm. He smiled and said, “Yes, that’s why we only have one left. He was in here a few weeks ago and bought a stack of copies.”

    Also, I agree with you, Chris – that ice is wonderful. Check that blog interview link for another view of the same scene that also has some stunning ice effects.

  6. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    Ha! That’s great, David. Thanks! (Glad he left you a copy.)

  7. Comment by Chris Sheban
    Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    Clicked on that blog interview (thanks Dave and Charley) – holy smokes. That first image with all that stuff happening in the water/reflections – remind me to never try that.

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