Oil on canvas
40 × 40 cm (15 3/4 × 15 3/4 in)
Signed and dated
Courtesy of the artist and Foksal Gallery Foundation
Provenance: donated by the artist
Estimate: CHF 40’000 – 50’000
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Here, we see the luminous logo of the filling station group Eni (Agip), which takes the form of a curious, six-legged, fire-spewing dog. The artist explains that while passing through Switzerland once, the yellow light-box repeatedly caught his eye—presumably because the group does not operate in Poland meaning that its logo was unfamiliar to him. This painting was abstract originally, but Sasnal was not happy with it and set the canvas aside. While a few traces of that first version have survived in the hazy sky, what clinched the definitive painting was Sasnal’s addition of the logo with the weird-looking beast that had once so intrigued him.
The paintings of Wilhelm Sasnal (born 1972 in Tarnów, lives in Cracow, Poland) are based on his own experiences and interests. He draws on an eclectic mix of sources, ranging from photos or sketches of his own observations to movies, comics, and even press photography.