The art of Stephen Najda explores the human form in all its complexity from a multitude of perspectives, ranging from the classical nude to abstraction, using a juxtaposition of vivid colour, delineating line, intriguing form and fluid brush strokes to create a powerful narrative. Many of the paintings at first appear impenetrable, but the ambiguity is the essence of the work. This is a voyage of discovery, an exploration of the primitive-self, exploring the boundary between imagination and subconscious dream, to produce an ‘abstraction of thought’. Najda calls this elemental art ‘quantism’.
Najda’s art work engages the viewer in a mysterious narrative of sparse landscape with ambiguous human form creating a tension that provokes a wide range of humanistic, scientific, philosophical and intellectual questions. Najda describes this as ‘painting the unknown’.
Najda was born in Glasgow, Scotland and currently shares time between Scotland and Poland. Often described as ‘Renaissance Man’, Najda is a polymath in science, literature and art. Najda’s exploration of art moves effortlessly across painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and video.