(Image: Grzegorz Czarnecki, ONLY YOU, 2011, wood, 40 x 30 x 1 inches; © Grzegorz Czarnecki)
Grzegorz Czarnecki (b. 1972, Lomza, Poland)
MARQUETRY or wood decorative artistry is considered to be one of the most difficult arts. Besides unrepeatable skills, it requires patience, engagement, and unprecedented precision from a craftsman. A beautiful item of marquetry is the fruit of a long and detailed process of picking, cutting, placing, and gluing which takes a long time. In a traditional technique, different design elements are cut separately in an attempt to reduce a gap left by a knife’s blade. As a result, perfectly fit together pieces show no visible signs of insertions and blending together, they create one solid surface.
The motifs applied in intarsia include elements of landscape, animals, flowers, people and geometrical details. A real artist is able to combine factors such as grain, color and texture of materials to render desired aesthetic results as he would be using a palette to paint paintings.
All my marquetry is hand-made. I use a natural beauty of wood where each part of veneer differs from another. The outcomes are astonishing and unique.
Grzegorz Czarnecki was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #1 of the 2012 Showcase Series.
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