Leopold Plotek

Max Beckmann in California (Strange Fire), 2013

Leopold Plotek

Max Beckmann in California (Strange Fire), 2013

oil on canvas

65 x 48 in.

St. George's, Bloomsbury, 2018

Leopold Plotek

St. George's, Bloomsbury, 2018

oil on canvas

64 x 49 in.

Paul Klee at the Aerodrome, 2020

Leopold Plotek

Paul Klee at the Aerodrome, 2020

oil on canvas

50 x 52 in.

Content, pas content, content, 2019

Leopold Plotek

Content, pas content, content, 2019

oil on canvas

70 x 50 in.

The Green Theatre, 2009

Leopold Plotek

The Green Theatre, 2009

oil on canvas

72 x 72 in.

Hue and Cry, 1989-2011

Leopold Plotek

Hue and Cry, 1989-2011

oil on canvas

60 x 70 in.

X-Ray of the Angel, 2010

Leopold Plotek

X-Ray of the Angel, 2010

oil on canvas

65 x 50 in.

Beer and Ocean, 2021

Leopold Plotek

Beer and Ocean, 2021

oil on canvas

48 x 50 in.

Der Dunkel, 2017-20

Leopold Plotek

Der Dunkel, 2017-20

oil on canvas

50 x 48 in.

Tashkent, 2016

Leopold Plotek

Tashkent, 2016

oil on canvas

65 x 60 in.

The Picabia Collage, 2019

Leopold Plotek

The Picabia Collage, 2019

oil on canvas

50 x 55 in.

Leopold Plotek
Tramezzo, 2011
oil on linen
76 x 78 in. (193 x 198 cm)

The Winner's Circle, Leopold Plotek, 1990

Leopold Plotek
The Winner's Circle, 1990
oil on linen
80 x 72 in. (203.2 x 182.9 cm)

Floods, Roses, Rills, Leopold Plotek, 2000

Leopold Plotek
Floods, Roses, Rills, 2000
oil on linen
71 x 37 in. (180.3 x 94 cm)

Second at Olympia, Leopold Plotek, 2009

Leopold Plotek
Second at Olympia, 2009
oil on linen
37 x 30 in. (94 x 76.2 cm)

A Boisgeloup, Leopold Plotek, 2014

Leopold Plotek
A Boisgeloup, 2014
oil on linen
63 x 48 in. (160 x 121.9 cm)

Johnny-come-lately, Leopold Plotek, 2014

Leopold Plotek
Johnny-come-lately, 2014
oil on linen
71 x 47 in. (180.3 x 119.4 cm)

Teste David cum Sibylla, Leopold Plotek, 2015

Leopold Plotek
Teste David cum Sibylla, 2015
oil on canvas
68 x 49 in. (172.7 x 124.5 cm)

Diogenes the Dog, Leopold Plotek, 2015

Leopold Plotek
Diogenes the Dog, 2015
oil on linen
49 x 67 in. (124.5 x 170.2 cm)

The Crimes of Paris, Leopold Plotek, 2015

Leopold Plotek
The Crimes of Paris, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm)

Le Tombeau de Victor Noir, Leopold Plotek, 2015

Leopold Plotek
Le Tombeau de Victor Noir, 2015
oil on linen
50 1/2 x 72 in. (128.3 x 182.9 cm)

Teddy and Benny, Leopold Plotek, 2015

Leopold Plotek
Teddy and Benny, 2015
Oil on canvas
79 x 75 in. (200.7 x 190.5 cm)

The Fregoli Delusion, Leopold Plotek, 2016

Leopold Plotek
The Fregoli Delusion, 2016
oil on canvas
72 x 44 in. (182.9 x 111.8 cm)

Aubade (tired starlings), Leopold Plotek, 2017

Leopold Plotek
Aubade (tired starlings), 2017
oil on linen
50 x 74 in. (127 x 188 cm)

Sunday Morning, Leopold Plotek, 2017

Leopold Plotek
Sunday Morning, 2017
oil on linen
68 x 50 in. (172.7 x 127 cm)

At Yasnaya Polyanya, Leopold Plotek, 2018

Leopold Plotek 
At Yasnaya Polyanya, 2018
oil on linen
72 x 50 in. (182.9 x 127 cm)

Dead Reckoning, Leopold Plotek, 2018

Leopold Plotek
Dead Reckoning, 2018
oil on linen
76 x 78 in. (193 x 198.1 cm)

LEOPOLD PLOTEK makes paintings that interrogate boundaries: of abstract and figurative, memory and experience, subconscious and intellect. A protégé of the Plasticien artist Yves Gaucher, Plotek spent the early years of his career grappling with his place in the “stream of modernism.” A summer in Italy proved fruitful: the painter returned to Montréal with “an urgent desire to capture something of the feeling I had undergone” while immersed in the architectural traditions of Western culture.

 

Having since established himself as one of Québec’s leading painters, Plotek continues to be inspired by the “forms that offered themselves to be encountered and responded to at the deepest levels of my imagination.” His large-scale canvases reframe the Western canon as an object of personal experience, expressing his own engagement with its architecture, objects, artists and philosophers – often to comment on civilization’s enduring folly.

 

Born in 1948 in Moscow, USSR, Plotek emigrated to Canada from Warsaw, Poland in 1960. The artist was educated at McGill University and Sir George Williams University, Montréal, where he studied under Gaucher and Roy Kiyooka; and at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, under William Townsend.

 

In 2017, the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto, presented Leopold Plotek: No Work, Nor Device, Nor Knowledge, Nor Wisdom, which surveyed five decades of the artist's extensive practice. The exhibition showcased paintings from 1979 to the present, debuting his most recent works alongside pivotal earlier canvases. 

 

Since 1976, Plotek has been the subject of almost 30 solo shows in Toronto and Montréal. Prominent institutions that have hosted group exhibitions featuring Plotek's work include the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (Inaugural Exhibition, 1988); the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (1982) and the Musée d'art contemporarian de Montréal (1982, 1995, 2001, 2017).

 

Plotek's work is represented in major Canadian public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec City; and the Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa. His work can be found in corporate and private collections across Canada and internationally. He lives and works in Montréal, where he is Professor of Fine Art at Concordia University.