The Kosciuszko Foundation is pleased to host
TWO TIMES EMOTION
An Exhibition of Sculpture and Painting
Lubomir Tomaszewski: sculptures &
Janusz Skowron: paintings and drawings
Paweł Ignatowicz Duo: music
Exhibition Opening - Thursday, August 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
The Kosciuszko Foundation: 15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065
The event is free and open to the public. Registration required.
Donation of $20 to the KF Cultural Fund suggested.
The Exhibit will be on view through September 30, 2018 from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (except for Aug. 24 and Aug. 30)
L. Tomaszewski, Violinist J. Skowron, ANNABEL LEE, pencil
Tomaszewski has the imagination and sensitivity that lets him `see` inside of the rocks and wood he collects …Very few sculptors since Auguste Rodin have known how to release the spirit that is imprisoned within stony and lifeless confines. Lubomir Tomaszewski is certainly the best.
King Street Chronicle Magazine
Lubomir Tomaszewski was born in Warsaw, Poland. He got his diploma from the Sculpture Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, while at the same time studying architecture at the Warsaw Polytechnic. From 1956 to 1966, he worked as a designer at the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw, gaining international recognition for design of coffee sets called 'Ina' and 'Dorota'. In 1966, Lubomir immigrated to USA, where he taught design at the University of Bridgeport, CT for 25 years. He was named the professor emeritus of the design department after his retirement. In May, 2014 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Bridgeport.
Through all these years, he continued to work in art, creating sculptures out of natural rocks and metal, as well as driftwood and metal, and even painting with fire on paper.
His works have been featured at hundreds individual and group exhibitions all over the world and are in many prestigious gallery and museum collections, both public and private, mostly in the United States. A sculptor by training, Lubomir Tomaszewski's primary concern has been with three-dimensional form, particularly since his arrival in the United States where he has at last attained artistic freedom. He insists that he has always regarded himself as a sculptor. Still, his open mindedness, sensitivity, and eagerness to experiment have inspired him to develop a unique kind of painting. Through his experimentation with sculptural form, he has discovered new means of expression. The resulting "fire and smoke paintings", made with a special kind of burning flame technique, have become his highly recognizable artistic signature.
As the spiritual father of the Emotionalist movement, he creates in accord with the human nature and is able to communicate on the deepest emotional level. Subtle and ethereal, Tomaszewski's art can also be shocking and tragic. The viewer is central to his creations. He insists that without the viewer, the work's sense is never complete.
Lubomir Tomaszewski continues to captivate the international public as shown by the reactions to his very successful European exhibition staged in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014 and the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium in 2018.
In 2014 he received Gold Medal Gloria Artis and Award 'Meritorious for Invention'. His creativity is admired by distinguished collectors all over the world: Jimmy Carter, Lawrence Rockefeller Estate, Robert Marston, and Margot Rosenmund Calles, among others. MORE
Check out video: A visit to Lubomir Tomaszewski
Janusz Skowron was born in Kolbuszowa, Poland and studied Fine Art in Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin (1977-1981) where he received a diploma in graphics in 1983. Since 1989 he has lived and worked in New York City. As an artist, he has participated in over three hundred solo and group exhibitions in France, Germany, Denmark, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary, China, South Korea, the United States and in Poland. For many years, he has promoted Polish Arts in the New York Area. As an artist Janusz creates many forms of art including painting, graphics, illustration, drawing, and photography.
Janusz Skowron co-founded "KONT Gallery" (Lublin, 1978) and "Shtooka Gallery" (NYC, 2006). Between the years 2007 and 2017, he created and organized 125 exhibitions in Starbucks Art Gallery (New York). In 2013 founded "A.R Gallery" (Brooklyn, NY) which up until now has hosted 40 exhibitions. In 2008 he was a co-organizer and participant of the international exhibition "Entropy of Art" and in 2011 he was the initiator and organizer of international shows of art on paper "Transformations ". From 1999 onwards, Janusz has presented his artwork together with the international multimedia Emotionalists Group. A member of "The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America" (PIASA), "The Council of the Pilsudski Institute in New York" and "The Union of Polish Artists of Painters and Graphic Artists".
Drawings and illustrations of Janusz have been published in many books: "33 of Most Beautiful Love Poems" by Bolesław Leśmian (2011), "Marvellations" by Bolesław Leśmian (2014) and " Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair" by Pablo Neruda" (2012). Together with wife Anna, he wrote and published two books: "Travelling with Ticket to Happiness" (2014) and "From the 13th Floor. New York sketches "(2017).
For his artistic creation and his achievements in promoting Polish art, Janusz Skowron was awarded with "The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Arts and Music Medal" by The Józef Piłsudski Institute of America and with "The Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland" by the Republic of Poland.