David Czupryn’s ‘Surrealist’ paintings invitingly usher the viewer into a fantastic dimension. One populated with chimerical characters that appear to have emerged from a child’s imagination and stagger across often hyperrealist, and yet disorienting scenarios. ‘rotten_ronny’, for instance, depicts an anthropomorphic figure which seemingly points out of the picture frame, as if it is aiming to go in that direction. However, it is only provided with one ‘leg’ since the other, like in a nightmare, is disappearing, inhibiting its gait. The creature is thus frozen under the beholder’s gaze; unable to leave the canvas, it has no choice but to offer itself up for examination.
Czupryn paints his oneiric scenarios with an impressive amount of detail, creating a sharp contrast with the surreal appearance of the subject matter. The artist’s interest in mineral and vegetable formations is apparent, as most paintings feature marble or wooden surfaces and other forms of plant life. Upon closer inspection, those seemingly familiar materials and objects, reveal themselves as uncomfortably different. The marble surfaces for instance, depicted in painstaking detail, do not represent the stone as nature intended. Such discrepancy is not a mistake: while Czupryn closely studies nature, he takes it as a point of departure to imagine new materials, new forms of life which evoke in the viewer a sense of the uncanny.