Photorealistic portraits with emotional conviction
SELF-TAUGHT STREET ARTIST IGOR DOBROWOLSKI PAINTS STARK PHOTOREALISTIC PORTRAITS WITH EMOTIONAL CONVICTION.
Born in Jelenia Góra, Poland, Dobrowolski has long drawn from the aesthetics of his childhood hometown for inspiration. Delicately shaded large-scale paintings in monochrome hues are often layered with overlapping body parts or dream-like imagery. Inspired by Dalí and Escher as a child, Dobrowolski spent hours indoors sketching; drawing from his family’s collection of art books which had a profound influence on his practice.
Motivated by the desire to convey true stories, Dobrowolski launched a series of street art campaigns in different countries, using his art to juxtapose Western consumerism with human suffering. Billboards evoked the detrimental impact of fast fashion, specifically the collapse of the Bangladesh garment factory Rana Plaza which resulted in the death of over 1,000 workers. Another campaign ‘Christmas in Yemen’ was produced in Berlin in 2017 which included materialistic scenes collaged with scenes of war and poverty. “I just want to give a voice to the voiceless. Because for many, the world is a merciless thing.”
Dobrowolski’s work has been exhibited in Miami, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Berlin, Rzeszów and London and can be found in the private collections of numerous celebrities including Channing Tatum, Gigi Hadid, and Nicole Scherzinger. In June 2019, Dobrowolski collaborated with internationally recognised band 5 Seconds of Summer for a live painting masterclass. He has most recently exhibited his work at the seminal group exhibition ‘Love and Other Crimes,’ hosted at Maddox Gallery Mayfair in February 2019.