October 3, 2009 – November 29, 2009
The Władysław Hasior Gallery
ul. Jagiellońska 18 b, Zakopane
A retrospective exhibition of paintings by Zofia Artymowska, whose work is now clearly associated with Polyforms. This form, which was created by the artist and has dominated her work since the end of the 1960s, now appears to be synonymous with her name.
Zofia Artymowska's paintings are studies of space. She explores and examines the division of space in her compositions, and the ability to juxtapose various forms. Through these experiments, Artymowska came to Polyforms. The starting point for her was the form of a cylinder - as a unit or as a part of a machine. Polyforms were created with mathematical precision and the position of each element was carefully calculated. Her works took the form of paintings (oils, acrylics) as well as drawings, engravings and collages. The combination of polyform drawings and serigraphs with photographs (which often present landscapes or architecture of the Middle East) give an interesting effect. Real views have been blended into imaginary mathematical space constructed by the artist.
Zofia Artymowska (1923, Krakow - 2000, Warsaw)
After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 1950, where she had studied in the Faculty of Painting in Professor E. Eibisch's studio, she worked as a lecturer at Polish and foreign universities (Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Baghdad). Between 1953 and 1956, she participated, together with her husband Roman Artymowski, in the completion of polychromes in the Old and the New Town in Warsaw. For this work they received a State Award of the second degree. Artymowska made wall paintings, easel paintings, prints, films, photographs and illustrations. In the 1980s she settled with her husband in Łowicz, in a mansion which they restored themselves and where her works have been exhibited until now.
There have been many individual exhibitions of the artist's work in Poland and abroad. Her works can be found in various Polish and foreign museums and private collections.