Linocut on card stock 250 gsm
50 x 70 cm [19.7 x 27.6 inches]
Edition of 50, signed and numbered verso.
About the work
The limited edition print Damned Youth (2011) was produced by Wilhelm Sasnal exclusively for the Whitechapel Gallery. The title plays on the fleetingness of youth, alluding to the artist's experience of looking back at twenty years of working as a painter.
About the artist
Sasnal's painting chronicle the complex experience of life today. Mixing art historical references with images taken from the internet, their subject matter knows no limits: from icons of popular culture such as Roy Orbison to much admired paintings of the past such as Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asnières (1884); from the lonesome cowboys in a Steven Spielberg film to the shocking photographs of Mexican photographer, Enrique Metinides.
Using found images as starting points for most of his paintings, Sasnal's stylistic vocabulary is as broad as his subject matter. It ranges from early pop-inspired works and comic-style black-and-white paintings reflecting on the troubled history of his native Poland to painterly representations of current events.
Sasnal was born 1972 in Tarnów, Poland and he currently lives and works in Krakow, Poland. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth.
Sasnal has exhibited widely in Europe and America, including solo shows at the Sara Hildèn Art Museum, Tampere, Finland; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf, Germany; Camden Arts Centre, London; Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland; Sadie Coles, London as well as group shows at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Saatchi Gallery; Centre Georges Pompidou; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami and MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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