Updated: Jul 1, 2022
I am delighted to invite you to the 254th Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts #RASummer #lukaskroulik and introduce my image ‘Left Behind’ selected by distinguished judges Rana Begum RA and Niall McLaughlin MBE RA (artwork nr. 300 on display in the Large Weston Room).
In "Left Behind", which I exhibit here, context appears to be all: the work depicts
a sea of plastic refuse that has been repurposed by local communities to create
sustainable fish farms on the Brazilian coast near Florianopolis. The tranquillity of the
scene and the pattern of the fishing floats tells us about a harmonious reintegration
with nature. But the subjects have not disappeared: they are us, marvelling at this
peaceful image of hope emerging from the environmental tragedy of our times. "Left
Behind" stands for the horror of pollution by the profusion of rejected plastic objects;
also, for the way in which that horror can be left behind through its transformation by
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has been held every year without interruption
since 1769. As the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, the
Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to
showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from
painting and printmaking to photography, sculpture, architecture, and film.