Former refugee Andrzej Jackowski brings paintings to Abbot Hall

By Mark Sheerin | 21 October 2009
A landscape format painting of a fox against a grey background.

(Above) Andrzej Jackowski, Fox 2009. Purdy Hicks Gallery

Exhibition: Andrzej Jackowski – The Remembered Present, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, October 23 – December 12 2009

Recent work by painter Andrzej Jackowski will go on show at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria later this month.

The paintings, drawings and prints, which are often melancholy in tone, reflect his post-war childhood spent in a refugee camp in the North of England.

This early experience of displacement is frequently expressed in domestic subject matter set against geometric backgrounds. His work also deals with themes of memory and reverie, as the show title suggests.

Later events also had a profound influence. "We lived with my half-brother who was a photographer," Jackowski has recounted. "When I was 14 my parents separated, about the same time I painted a self-portrait and made a decision to become a painter."

He went on to study at Camberwell School of Art and Falmouth School of Art, before enrolling at the Royal College of Art in the 1970s. In 2002 he was made Professor of Painting at the University of Brighton.

The painter will give an illustrated talk about his student days at the gallery on Monday November 23. Other topics will include winning the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize in 1991 and the scale and mood of his most recent work.

The Remembered Present is also the title of a monograph on Jackowski to be published by Black Dog this autumn. It will feature essays by Timothy Hyman, Gabriel Josipovici and Professor Michael Tucker.

Admission £5.75 (under-18s and full-time students under-25 free). Open 10.30am-5pm (closed Sundays).

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