The exhibition ‘Time of the Dream’ will present new paintings and hand coloured prints by Andrzej Jackowski; striking in their simplicity, these works engage with both personal memory and the wider historical domain. His work often carries themes of dispossession and melancholy drawn from a childhood spent in a refugee camp. Poetry is an abiding source of inspiration for Jackowski.
“I've been quite consistent in using everyday objects like tables and beds in ordinary rooms, in a limited, austere repertoire . . . there's less detail and more of an evocation of place through colour, pattern and rhythm.” Andrzej Jackowski
With an empathy towards a broad range of essentially poetic work, Jackowski cites Giotto, Balthus, Carlo Carra and Rousseau alongside more contemporary influences that include Louise Bourgeois, Anselm Kiefer and R.B. Kitaj.
Born in Wales in 1947 to parents who were Polish refugees, Andrzej Jackowski spent the first eleven years of his life in a refugee camp near Liverpool. He studied at Camberwell School of Art, Falmouth School of Art and finally, in the 1970’s, at the Royal College of Art. He was Professor of Painting at the University of Brighton from 2002 - 2014. Jackowski has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and his work is held in many public collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council, British Museum, National Museum of Wales, Fogg Art Museum Harvard and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.