Jhanas: Visions of The Mind
23 October – 3 November 2019
In Buddhism, Dhyāna or Jhāna is a series of cultivated states of mind, which lead to a "state of perfect equanimity and awareness." The act of making art often creates a trance state within the artist. The work becomes an output for thoughts that were born in higher state of mind, therefore reaching deeper into the human soul. This exhibition is a collection of works by Maciej Jedrzejewski, created in this manner. Short films documenting such live painting session, will be shown amongst paintings both on canvas and cloth.
Maciej Jedrzejewski was born in 1993 in a small quiet town called Chelmza, located North West of Poland. He graduated with a degree in BA (Hons) Graphic and Digital Design at The University of Greenwich in 2015. He moved to England with his family in 2005, when he was just 11 years old. The family lived in the heart of Peckham which was the first point of contact for the artist with African culture and Hip-Hop culture. This combination of spirituality and rebelliousness is an endless source of inspiration for the artist. As he continues to walk on the path of life, he uses his art as a diary for a later contemplation upon the events within his life. This results in work that finds its roots in Surrealism and Abstraction. The works are created in a semi-automated fashion, a huge part of what is spilled out onto the canvas and depends on where his subconscious will lead him. Therefore, the work is discovered during the process of its creation. Greatly inspired by Buddhism and lucid dreams the artist hopes to achieve the sense of escape and arrival. The fuel for his passion is the belief that art (especially painting) can once again awaken divine emotions within an individual. In 2017 Maciej has joined APA (The Association of Polish Artists in Great Britain Est.1957) He is an active member of the association. So far he has exhibited in POSK Gallery, La Galleria Pall Mall, Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, Space Gallery, Dark Sugars Cocoa House, Ben Oakley Gallery, Ladywell Gallery, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, The Take Courage Gallery, Uthink PDP and The Polish Hearth Club.