Stefan Onowski

"Sintra 3"; Oil-based woodcut on paper; Edition 5; 60,5 x 122 cm
©2015 Stefan Osnowski

The forest still as a metaphor and longing landscape, as a counterpart to urban cityscapes, retains its mythical face and time seams to stand still.

When cutting, I want to reach a total potential density with maximum thinness at the same time. In all my works it is about a balance between abstraction and realism. The combination of wood printing, as the oldest, and digital photo, as the newest form, to make a copy, has to me a very special tension. The transformation of the original image into an abstract binary bar code - 1 or 0 – on the wooden panel, which is always the same repetitive process of the knife, cutting a line, changing in width and depth, lifts out gradually the light zones and not the outline or shadows, as in woodcuts is usual.

"Sintra 3" (Detail)
©2015 Stefan Osnowski
"Sintra 2"; Oil-based woodcut on paper; Edition 5; 61 x 122 cm
©2015 Stefan Osnowski
"Sintra 1"; Oil-based woodcut on paper; Edition 5; 60,5 x 122 cm
©2015 Stefan Osnowski