Introduce Juliusz Lewandowski, self taught painter from Poland.
“In my opinion his work shows the raw and uncomfortable reality of desire. It has a tendency to confront people, or, at least it confronts me, with the truth that what is most animalistic and voracious in men is not shameful, and though people often deny their own animal nature and disavow all things overtly sexual.
The obvious care and elegant treatment of the uncomfortable subject matter makes it very difficult for a viewer to take aversion to what you are showing. This is an important aspect of what he does, as I think that this is a healthy vantage point for the population at large, and could possibly offer a new perspective to people who would under most circumstances look away. In the case of his paintings, they probably won’t look away. (…) Also I think that though Lewandowski’s work is immediately recognizable as his own, there is a visible link to other painters like Max Beckmann and others, and this gives his work even more context for those who recognize it. (…) – highlight the similarity between our time and the impending doom present In the Weimar Republic era.
Which is also something that people in general would do well to think about. About what can happen if things don’t change. But see, the sense of impending doom and approaching death is still there in Lewandowski’s erotic paintings. It’s inescapable, it is integral to his work whether or not he intend it.”
– Josef Foshee, american illustrator and friend of the artist