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Fragmented Images: Art by Michael David Kozlowski

A painting of an interior sceneA Single Point of Failure

Michael David Kozlowski creates dark narrative paintings that deliver fragmented images of interiors and figures. The artist’s works tend to have an almost surreal, half-abstracted appearance, lending them the sense of memories or dreams.

An abstract painting with bright focal point shapesContemplation


I really enjoy the way Michael creates his compositions, seemingly dividing the painted plane into subtle shapes and sections. Many of his paintings are crossed with subtle lines, making them look like images seem through a cracked mirror or lens. In a number of the works, this slightly eerie aesthetic is reinforced by the dark, saturated color palette that Michael chooses to use, featuring deep reds and areas almost blacked out in shadow.

The front page of Michael David Kozlowski's art


While many of Michael’s works are devoid of human figures, in those works where people do appear, the figures tend to look like ghosts. They are washed out, sometimes with limbs or heads obscured or missing altogether. This style of rendering figures gives the viewer the impression that the figures are not really there, or are meant to be merely impressions of figures that once inhabited a space.

A dark interior scene with red lanternsAfter

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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