Residing in the liminal space between dreamscape and warped reality, the colourfully disorienting compositions of David Czupryn’s oeuvre reflect his fascination with the uncanny and commitment to the mimetic nature of hyperrealist fantasy. In his painting ‘Defending a Dream’, tubular lines curl together across the accordion-like background of white-grey marble whilst vegetal forms and anthropomorphic figures dance, almost invisibly, in their midst.
Most notable in this composition is the powerful stone fist jutting up from the right corner towards a dangling dream catcher, an allusion to a memorial complex in Bubanj Park, in Nis, commemorating the men, women, and children killed in Nis, and other parts of Serbia, during World War II. This sombre allusion throws Czupryn’s oneiric composition into an entirely different light. Indeed, although his imaginative expressions of Surreal, abstract forms reflect his tendency to create otherworldly and fantastical dimensions within his paintings, the inclusion of this fist imbues the work with an unforgettable poignancy.
Stone fist standing up against a crackling marble background while spinning pipes spring from the plush, red-sea-like floor undulating in the foreground, the amalgam of textures within this work reflects Czupryn’s interest in exploiting the natural world. An avid studier of mineral and vegetable forms, Czupryn mixes the inspiration he gathers from nature with artificial materials to create new, imaginative textures and shapes with which to inform the visual vocabulary of his outlandish pictorial worlds.