David Czupryn’s paintings are immediately reminiscent of Surrealist and Metaphysical art. The characters that he creates, composed of different mimetically painted materials and organic parts, are the product of dream-like fantasies. Mimesis and the uncanny are two concepts central to the artist’s practice.
The figures populating Czupryn’s paintings are both familiar and extravagant: as if they were recognisable, but un-placeable. Do they come from a dream? Are they referencing other artworks? Or is it because of the hyperrealist materials, wood, marble and plastics, that at first look comfortably familiar to the viewer. Upon closer inspection, however, even such surfaces keep their distance. The wooden panels in ‘lost_whukash’ are distorted, the age marks and patterns of the walls are strangely awkward. The wood depicted in this painting is not the one we are used to.
There is an interesting tension between the hyperrealist amount of detail that Czupryn employs in his paintings, which convincingly persuades the viewer’s eye of the verisimilitude of what they are looking at, and the actual non-existence of the creations. The rupture between reality and depiction is not the result of a mistake. On the contrary, David Czupryn is extremely meticulous in his study of nature; he is interested in the appearance of rocks and plants, bones and barks. It is such expertise that allows him to ‘create’ strikingly life-like materials, that are actually the product of his imagination, but subtly play with the audience’s perception.