by Piotr Gajda
The forest landscape that stretches out in front of the viewer does not announce the apocalypse, unlike the title of the work. However, when we look carefully, we notice fog, a strange, orange color of water and … a monster writhing in the distance, which at first glance looks like mountains. The main character of the painting looks at this landscape – a woman who is distinguished by a symbolic accent in the form of a red scarf. It has many meanings in culture. The red ribbon is a symbol of the fight against AIDS, but also a talisman that is supposed to protect against evil when tied on the hand. Basically it’s just a symbol of life, perseverance and vitality. In the context of the eponymous apocalypse, it is to herald the will to fight, courage and life.
concept artist / illustrator
Polish concept artist, illustrator. Civil engineer. He has worked on projects such as Xanadu – A Nibiru Roleplaying Game Expansion and Giant Uprising (VARSAV Game Studio).
He started drawing out of pure passion and at the beginning – only for himself. His artistic path began 10 years ago. At that time, he mainly created illustrations, but he worked at the same time in really different professions – from an engineer on a construction site, through a photographer, a designer-constructor to official work. In the meantime, he was still struggling to find his place in the large-scale commercial creative world.
He has always been interested in discovering media – started with the traditional ones, through photomanipulation, to digital and 3D painting. Thanks to this passion, he has recently been working in Gamedev as a concept artist. His main inspiration is nature, as he grew up in the countryside, surrounded by forests and lakes. That is why his main activity has become the design of places, areas and architecture, i.e. environment concept art.
Piotr Gajda’s works show, above all, a variety of circles and heroes. They stand out because they are focused on creating different stories, in which nature plays the main role. The characters can most often be found in the center of the painting – they are small in relation to the environment, but necessary to tell the story. This does not mean that the artist does not pay attention to them – quite the opposite. Gajda focuses on details to best reflect the mood of the painting. The artist’s works are inspired by both medieval wars, myths and futuristic ideas about the world.
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