The Surreal & Dream-Like Landscapes of Jacek Yerka
For years, Jacek Yerka’s teachers tried to get him to experiment with the abstract art techniques which were so popular in Poland (Yerka’s home country) at the time.
After a while, they realised Yerka would not back down, so went on to help him flourish as one of the best-loved realistic surrealist painters in the 21st century.
His new series, 4Siders, is a collection of paintings that offer four different worlds for the price of one. “These paintings are specials of specials,” says Jacek Yerka, adding that, “you can hang them on each side and each way will fit perfectly.”
Apart from his 4Siders collection, Yerka has created numerous bodies of work that place familiar objects in very unfamiliar surroundings, giving a film-like feeling that reflects hopes, wishes, and dreams. In many works, there’ll be an out-of-place monster on a beach, or a ragged building that has too many floors, stairs, or windows for it to be considered real.
At first glance, these paintings look like they could depict real life – everything is painted in a very realistic way – but once you look closer, it’s easy to see that there is something more to them then simple pieces of art.
Over the years, Jacek Yerka has picked up awards and recognition from various sci-fi enthusiasts, and has even inspired a whole series of short stories with his mind-bending worlds.
To this day, Yerka’s art remains consistently classic. His meticulous Flemish style is now easily recognisable and it is the point where realism meets surrealism that his work really flourishes.
For inspiration, Yerka turns to the stunning landscapes of his home country. The countryside in Poland serves as a foundation for many of his pieces, but they are always juxtaposed with weird and wonderful dream sequences that add a complex element to the otherwise classic paintings.
And when it comes to who has influenced his work, it is obviously the master painters from the 15th and 16 centuries – the luminous sheen on his works hark back to the days of Cagliostro, Hieronymous Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Jan van Eyck amongst many others.
But Jacek Yerka also pulls inspiration from his childhood memories to add a serene feeling of wonder to each of his pieces. He incorporates places, feelings he remembers having, and smells from 1950s Poland to create an all-encompassing image that digs deeper than simply what the country looked like.
Yerka’s paintings are with no doubt incredible works of dream-like charm, where each piece takes the viewer deep into another world entirely. There, they are greeted by a theme that runs deeper than the surface and, the longer you look, the more you discover.
In that respect, Yerka’s work is so much more than simple surrealism. Instead, it serves to bring the unfamiliar to the surface. He excels in bending reality in such a way that the viewer has to look once, twice, maybe even ten times at a piece to really soak up all the details.
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