On wednesday, October 12.2011, during Tomasz Rut's audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI , attended by thousands of spectators from around the world at the St. Peter's square in the Vatican, two large paintings by Tomasz Rut became part of the collection at St. Peter's cathedral after being blessed by the Holy Father.
Evoking the passion of Michelangelo, the subtlety of Caravaggio and the flamboyance of Rubens, Tomasz Rut, also named one of the most collectible contemporary artists by Robb Report’s Best of the Best, resurrects the dormant classical tradition of painting in a XXI century tribute to the perseverance of the human ability and spirit, which transcends the ebbs and flows of modern fashions.
Tomasz Rut, Polish painter and art teacher, was born in 1961 and raised in Warsaw, Poland. During his childhood Rut was introduced to the Pompeiien Frescos as well as Renaissance and Baroque art, which have influenced his oils on canvas, murals, and graphic works. The subjects of Rut’s paintings, whether a figure, horse or object, is at the center of every work, surrounded by compressed space with few background details to distract from the subject.Inherent in all of Tomasz Rut’s original oils on canvas, ranging from large scale dramatic allegories to small, sensuous studies, is the artificial patina he adds on surface to create an illusion of an old fresco and accentuate the timeless subject matter. “By this juxtaposition of spiritual versus physical, I hope to convey the quality that transcends time and suggests the eternal nature of our ethical struggle for survival”, says Tomasz.