Janusz Lewandowski

“I was born in Masovia just before dusk. In a land that is intense in its subjectivity. This is enough to maintain your existence in a certain gamut of spirituality. It also follows that I am not in danger of a multiplicity of choices in the magma of trends and postmodern irony. For I am integrated into a certain system of unity, into a certain harmony. They protect me from the delusional prompts of destruction. For this I am condemned to constant experiencing and saving these acquired values, which were shaped in the times of childhood, during the fearful period of sensations, revelations and direct vision. But now, these experiences are permeated with fear and melancholy. Here is my biography. “

(Janusz Lewandowski)

Janusz Lewandowski (born on July 2, 1937 in Rokicki near Płock, died on January 8, 2022 in Warsaw) – artist and painter. He studied at the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the studio of prof. Artur Nacht-Samborski. He obtained his diploma in 1964.

After graduation, he took an active part in the artistic life. Participant of many plein-airs and symposiums (Ustka 1972, Krapkowice 1973 – project of the Górażdże cement plant in a team with Marian Bogusz and Juliusz Woźniak, Złote Grono 1975, Osieki 1979, Festivals of Fine Arts in Warsaw, 1966, 1970, 1972 , 1975, 1978).

He has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions, incl. at the 24th National Winter Art Exhibition “Metaphor in contemporary painting and drawing” in Radom (1980), the Award of the President of Warsaw at the Exhibition of Painting and Graphics by Artists of the Warsaw Community in Zachęta (1985), the Award “Artists in the International Year of the Child” in Zachęta (1979), the Polish-Japanese Prize Miyauchi (1995), the Władysław Hasior (2011), nomination for the Norwid Award (2012), Kazimierz Ostrowski (2017). In 2018, he was awarded the Order of Merit for the Polish State and Polish Culture.

Chosen works

Tell me Janusz

About those fears in the field

Crossing the hazy horizon

About the looks of the girls

Looking out from behind the trees

So mute and so much talking

Tell me about hang gliders

About cocoons closing the emptiness inside

Or maybe someone else’s dreams

God allowed yours

All these pictures

Cuddled in the flat silence

of Mazovia

You left it so alive

So drawing your soul

You are so much with us

Bogusław Żurek – “For Janusz

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