Art is a peculiar one, especially as we teeter away from painting landscapes and pretty pictures and delve into painting what lies beneath the facade of human nature.
Painting the unseen – what the outside cannot see but what is often the only thing you, yourself as the artist can see, is pretty modern.
One man making a big impression on the art world at the minute is Polish artist, Dawid Planeta, who uses art to illustrate his fight against depression.
Quite fascinatingly, Dawid’s paintings depict a lone man. Completely alienated from all and everything. He journeys through a black and white jungle, and comes face to face with his fears and weaknesses – themselves personified as gargantuan animals.
Dawid’s world is a bleak one. It is dark, haunting, mysterious, yet childlike.
However what the paintings do suggest, is a light. A way out. A way of passing through the subconscious jungle as the hero.
Tackling all that is thrown against you and coming out stronger. At least, that’s what I interpret from Dawid’s paintings.
Check them out for yourself:
Dawid typically accompanies his posts with relatable quotes and anecdotes.
Writing beneath one of his pieces, Dawid explains:
In the moment of decision, may you hear the voice of the Creator saying, ‘This is right road, travel on it.’
― Lailah Gifty Akita
This thought is going to stay with me – some of you know, most of you don’t – I’m leaving to visit the real jungle, to experience it fully, to see it, smell it, touch it and hear it.
I will spend one month traveling through Colombia and seeing life and myself from a different perspective. I hope I will come back with a lot stories to tell.
Thank you for being here.
In another he wrote:
Explore the amazing world of imagination by Polish artist Dawid Planeta and get one of the beautiful artworks from the “Minipeople” series!
My own mind is my laboratory; by researching my mind I can reach more universal truths and create images and heroes other people can identify with.
The feedback I received so far made me realize that depicting my feelings makes others understand that they are not alone with their struggles.
You can check out more of Dawid’s work here.
If you’re experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is there to support you. They’re open from 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Their national number is 0800 58 58 58, and they also have a webchat service if you’re not comfortable talking on the phone.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.