Karl Bielik

Handshakes in Thought

23 April - 13 May 2021

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London Paint Club

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London Paint Club is pleased to present a selection of recent paintings by London-based artist Karl Bielik.

Handshakes in Thought is the inaugural exhibition of our new project space located in East London, opening on the 23rd of April, 2021. The title of the exhibition, Handshakes in Thought, references the farewell that Vincent van Gogh addressed his brother Theo in their famous letter correspondence. The phrase is oddly still relevant in the era of easing Covid restrictions with a common uncertainty still omnipresent. 

In this new selection of recent paintings by Karl Bielik, the energy of the times and spirit of a working artist in lockdown comes to the surface. Bielik is a dynamic artist who works on canvas, linen and paper to create innovative paintings. Acting as an extension of the artist studio space, the LPC Project Space draws together the instinctive, free-spirited atmosphere of Bielik’s painting. 

Bielik incorporates the physical movements required in the act of painting to bring his vision to life. Varying in scale and technique, Bielik creates compositions from an intuitive, non-subjective process. Primarily using oil-based paint, Bielik uses a variety of physical techniques to transfer paint to canvas: pouring, scraping and scratching, all of which result in organic and vibrant presentations.  Bielik also captures spontaneity as he applies colours and shapes, not planning his movements but letting them flow from impulse and freedom of expression.

Over time, a visual language starts to come together with repeating gestures, motifs, and stylistic references. Seen in the project space all together, the paintings tell a story of the artist’s inner emotional state at the time of creating the works in the studio. The results are brilliant, creative and unique.  London Paint Club is very proud to offer a portal to Bielik’s world and we are pleased to share his dynamic vision. Handshakes in Thought is on view from 23 April to 13 May, 2021. 

Installation Views

Works

Karl Bielik

Fiasco, 2020

Oil on canvas

175 x 165 cm

Karl Bielik

Load, 2020

Oil on canvas

35 x 30 cm

Karl Bielik

Torture, 2020

Oil on canvas

30 x 25 cm

Karl Bielik

Dirty, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

31 x 26 cm

Karl Bielik

Plough, 2020

Oil on canvas

30 x 25 cm

Karl Bielik

Rattle, 2021

Oil on vinyl

50 x 40 cm

Karl Bielik

Marmalise, 2021

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 cm

Karl Bielik

Creep, 2020

Oil on linen

40 x 30 cm

Karl Bielik

Command, 2020

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 cm

Karl Bielik

Grip, 2020

Oil on linen

50 x 45 cm

Karl Bielik

Signal, 2021

Oil on canvas

30 x 25 cm

Karl Bielik

Stripped, 2021

Oil on canvas

60 x 60 cm

Karl Bielik

Plot, 2020

Oil on canvas

86 x 76 cm

Karl Bielik

Consumer, 2020

Oil on canvas

85 x 75 cm

Karl Bielik

Coda, 2021

Oil on canvas

86 x 76 cm

Karl Bielik

Scheme, 2021

Oil on canvas

55 x 50 cm

Biography

Karl Bielik lives and works in London. His paintings have been in numerous shows at home and abroad, including The John Moores Painting Prize, The RA Summer Show, The Marmite Prize and The London Open. He is a member of Contemporary British Painting and is the Founder and Director of Terrace Gallery in London.

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