Jan Dobkowski is a painter, illustrator, author of spatial compositions and one of the founders (together with Jerzy Zieliński) of Neo-Neo-Neo Group. Over more than six decades, Dobokowski has created a remarkably coherent oeuvre, not only in terms of the distinctive artistic expression that is reflected in his drawings, paintings, objects and actions, but also in that his artistic practice offers a highly sensitive view of the world of nature and the environment. His work was exhibited at Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw; Bunkier Sztuki, Kracow; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Museum, Łódź; National Museum, Warsaw; National Museum, Wrocław; National Museum, Poznań; Zachęta National Art Gallery, Warsaw; Jackmann Gallery, Melbourne; Art Museum, Miami; Rose Museum of Art, Waltham; Everson Museum of Art, New York; Center of Modern Art, Oklahoma; Polish Museum, Chicago; McGraw-Hill Collection, New York; Municipal Museum Ghent, Belgium; Australian National University, Canberra and many others.
Jan Dobkowski's artistic practice has remained largely unchanged throughout the many phases of his career. His paintings establish a relationship to a pantheistic philosophy based on the recognition of constant metamorphosis and interconnection. Initially influenced by Pop Art, Dobkowski began to create compositions using large flat surfaces finished with decorative, New Wave-like lines. The painting, Oderwanie, without doubt represents Dobakowksi's most recognisable style of painting, a two-coloured, red-green oeuvre, based on types of cut-outs of figures and shapes from the background, which consequently create his famous spatial compositions. Some of the shapes represented in Dobkowski's paintings are constantly changing, resulting in new visual structures, with green representing nature and red representing the energy of life that became the starting point and conceptual ground for many of his later spatial compositions.