Jerzy Plucha

I was born in 1951 in Lubaczów, Poland. In 1980 I graduated from The Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. My major was conservation of paintings and polychrome sculpture. Right after the graduation, apart from working as a conservator, I started my artistic career creating easel paintings in a realistic convention (still life, copies of paintings, landscapes, portraits, mythological scenes and allegories). I was very reluctant to show my works, fearing that it wasn't "it" yet, that they resembled creations of “the old masters” too much.

Around the end of the 1990's, still looking for my own place” in arts and for my own artistic identity, I abandoned oil painting techniques, exchanging them for egg yolk tempera. That means I prepared both the paints and the background. In my works I also started interpreting themes in an original way, often with characteristic elements based on my own ideas. In my opinion, the most important thing in the work of art is the original approach to the subject and its independent performance in accordance with the respect for painting traditions.

I use natural and non-toxic tempera techniques, known since ancient times but almost forgotten nowadays, because of their complexity and mystery behind their ingredients. My original style resulted in having numerous exhibitions of my works together with other artists but predominantly my own. I also took part in international open air paintings. I sign my works as “Jurp”.

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