Jan Bajtlik’s show "Greek Labyrinths" encompasses twelve works chosen from a cycle of thirty-two plates dedicated to Greek myths, in particular to motives borrowed from Iliad and Odyssey. Pencil drawings with numerous elements reveal a masterful composition reflecting artist’s rich experience as an illustrator and refering to the original character of myths as a narrative. The cycle was created as a result of the author’s longstanding fascination with the Greek antiquity and visual abundance of labyrinth imagery as a symbol, metaphor and formal challenge in regard to composition of an artwork. The notion of labyrinth recurs in each presented picture and these appearances show a vast variety of representations and meanings originated in Greek antiquity that remind about their strong impact in the context of contemporary art and Jan Bajtlik’s work.
Jan Bajtlik (born 1989) is mainly known as a graphic artist. His work covers illustration, artist’s book, typography as well as site-specific art works, paper works and painting.
Szydlowski Gallery exists since 1996 and was officially opened with an exhibition of works by Koji Kamoji in Warsaw at Ratuszowa Street 5A. Since 2007, the gallery is located at ul. Filtrowa 30 in Warsaw. Gallery program focuses on contemporary Polish classics such as Erna Rosenstein and Wojciech Fangor and combines established artists from the younger generation.