In 1965, artist Roman Opałka began painting ‘time’ from 1 to infinity. As he progressed, each canvas was lightened 1%, resulting in purely white-on-white pieces by 2007. The final number Opałka painted was on August 6, 2011, the day of his death: 5607249.

In 1965, artist Roman Opałka began painting ‘time’ from 1 to infinity. As he progressed, each canvas was lightened 1%, resulting in purely white-on-white pieces by 2007. The final number Opałka painted was on August 6, 2011, the day of his death: 5607249.

Roman Opałka – twórca nieskończoności

Roman Opałka – twórca nieskończoności

Roman Opałka Opalka 1965/1 - 8 10.10. - 07.12.2003 Atlas Sztuki Łódź

Roman Opałka Opalka 1965/1 - 8 10.10. - 07.12.2003 Atlas Sztuki Łódź

In the end, he called the process the “the finite defined by the nonfinite.” On Roman's Wiki page, it states, "All details have the same title, 1965 / 1 – ?"; the concept had no end, and the artist pledged his life to its execution: 'All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.'"

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In the end, he called the process the “the finite defined by the nonfinite.” On Roman's Wiki page, it states, "All details have the same title, 1965 / 1 – ?"; the concept had no end, and the artist pledged his life to its execution: 'All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.'"

Roman Opałka, Dominique Lévy Gallery, Stand E3, photo Contemporary Lynx Report on Frieze Art Fair 2013 http://contemporarylynx.co.uk/?p=1915

Roman Opałka, Dominique Lévy Gallery, Stand E3, photo Contemporary Lynx Report on Frieze Art Fair 2013 http://contemporarylynx.co.uk/?p=1915

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roman opalka

Opalka - Autoportraits

Opalka - Autoportraits

Roman Opalka (Autoportraits)

Roman Opalka (Autoportraits)

Roman Opałka was a French-born Polish painter who painted numbers. In 1965 he began painting a process of counting – from one to infinity. Starting in the top left-hand corner of the canvas and finishing in the bottom right-hand corner, the tiny numbers were painted in horizontal rows. When he died in July 2004; he reached the number 5607249 ! - See more at: http://now-be.tumblr.com/

Roman Opałka was a French-born Polish painter who painted numbers. In 1965 he began painting a process of counting – from one to infinity. Starting in the top left-hand corner of the canvas and finishing in the bottom right-hand corner, the tiny numbers were painted in horizontal rows. When he died in July 2004; he reached the number 5607249 ! - See more at: http://now-be.tumblr.com/

In 1965, in his studio in Warsaw, Roman Opałka began painting numbers from one to infinity. Each new canvas, which the artist called a ‘detail’, took up counting where the last left off. Each ‘detail’ is the same size, the dimension of his studio door in Warsaw. All details have the same title, “1965 / 1 – ∞”; the project had no definable end, and the artist pledged his life to it: ‘All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.’

In 1965, in his studio in Warsaw, Roman Opałka began painting numbers from one to infinity. Each new canvas, which the artist called a ‘detail’, took up counting where the last left off. Each ‘detail’ is the same size, the dimension of his studio door in Warsaw. All details have the same title, “1965 / 1 – ∞”; the project had no definable end, and the artist pledged his life to it: ‘All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.’

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