Malgosia Jankowska

Biography

1998–2003
Studium der Malerei an der Akademie der Schönen Künste in Warschau

2001
Gaststudium an der H.d.K. (Hochschule der Künste) Berlin

2003
Diplom an der Akademie der Schönen Künste in Warschau mit den Schwerpunkten Malerei und Wandmalerei

seit 2001 lebt und arbeitet in Berlin

AUSSTELLUNGEN (AUSWAHL)
2022
Der geheime Garten, Galerie Filser & Gräf, München

2021
Forest Tales, Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt am Main
Life is a dream, Galerie Victor Lope, Barcelona

2018
Panta Rhei, Galerie Michael Schultz Berlin

Winter Tales, Galeria Victor Lope, Barcelona, Spain

2017
Neue Waldgeschichten – Galerie Filser & Gräf, München

2016
Waldzeichnungen, Galerie Michael Schultz Berlin
Aufs Land! Schloßmuseum Murnau, Murnau
Spekulativer Realismus, Neue Galerie Gladbeck, Gladbeck

2015N
Naturwelten (with Herbert Mehler), Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld 
Path, Galeria Apteka Sztuki Warsaw, Warschau / Polen

2014Z
auberwald, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin
Mysterious Tales, Galeria Victor Lope, Barcelona

2013
Galerie Filser & Gräf, München, »Unterwegs in den Bergen: Neue Zeichnungen« (EA)

2012
Galerie Christian Roellin, St. Gallen, Schweiz (EA)
Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth, »Holz« (GA)

2011
Kunstverein APEX, Göttingen (EA)
Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt am Main (EA)
Kunsthaus Hannover (GA)
Galerie Wolfram Völcker Fine Art, »Landschaften II« mit Ute Litzkow und Fiona Michie

2010
Wolfram Völcker Fine Art, Berlin (EA)

2009
Galerie Christian Roellin, St. Gallen, Schweiz

2008
Volcker Fine Art, Berlin, mit Sonia Alhauser und Nina Bovasso

2007
Kunsthaus Hannover (EA)

2006
duPont Gallery, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA (GA)

2003
Warschau Krolikarnia Palast, Abteilung des Nationalmuseums Warschau
Finalausstellung: »Bild des Jahres 2003«
Galerie »Studio«, Warschau: Gruppenaustellung der Diplomanten der Akademie der schonen Künste Warschau

EA = Einzelausstellung, GA = Gruppenausstellung

Description

les or lines from romantic Eichendorff poems. Yet she shows anything but mere forest and nature idylls. Of course, her drawings (in which she uses felt-tip pens as well as watercolors in a quasi-drawing style) take a neo-romantic direction. However, her forest scenes are ambivalent. Tranquil idyll or threatening backdrop? Nature with its power of attraction or also with its frightening power. In any case, there is something floating and mysterious about these large-format drawings. Malgosia Jankowska seems to want to breathe something enchanted, something enchanting into the fairytale-like scenes in the act of drawing.

Jankowska assembles new fantasy landscapes from digitally photographed individual motifs in a stringent and technically mastered manner. Children sit unsuspectingly next to a dead deer in the water, playing by the water, which seems inviting, but also strangely abysmal. An oversized owl rises from wintry trees in red. Malgosia Jankowska’s works have something magical about them, immersing us in archetypal images of legends, myths and fairy tales. And despite all the forest secrets with snakes, dead animals, poisonous mushrooms, stagnant water, birds or wolves, the pictures also radiate innocence – the children, often lost in themselves and not knowing what messages from nature they seem to be dealing with, are a clear symbol of this. In addition to the convincing technique, which also reveals a study of old master drawings, Malgosia Jankowskasubtil plays with light. She makes impressive use of the paper, which allows her to leave out white areas, to direct rays of light and streams of light across her nature, animal and children’s scenes. A precisely calculated color palette also has a not insignificant effect on the mysterious floating effect.

Special gray-blue-brown mixtures often create a calm mood. This makes the color accents all the more surprising. Suddenly red mushrooms or red berries appear. Like little warning symbols in a nature that modern man seems to be losing more and more of, that he has forgotten how to really experience. Malgosia Jankowska learned how to use felt-tip pens in Japan. Some of her works also have a slightly Japanese feel to them.

And in some pictures, the artist, who likes to leave Berlin for excursions into the forests of the Uckermark, adds to the weaving of forest secrets and “builds” huts into her works that don’t really seem to rest on the ground. They are symbols of places of refuge in mysteriously fascinating and oppressive nature.

Martin Preisser – St. Galler Tagblatt

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