Over the past ten years my work has transformed from semi-realistic, simplified close-ups of my subjects into a floating compositions that merge abstract expressionism with a touch of realism. It's a journey to another, undiscovered world and to identify with the sensitivity in the world around us. In my paintings, I don't intend to replicate objects as photo-realistic objects, but to capture the utmost uniqueness of life. Illustrating my subjects, I often pay less attention to shapes, textures, or real colors and emphasize just on a small fragment, sometimes a very tiny detail, in order to insinuate an idea. That approach leads me to concentrate on what I feel and not what I see or know about the subject. Also, it helps me to effectively use visuals to depict a story about my subject. My art captures just an indication of a subject to leave the rest for my viewer's imagination to create the unique picture.
My first works of art I have created as a small child were horses. I don't remember how and when I was introduced to horses, the only thing I remember is that I was amazed by the animals and when drawing them, I thought I could feel every muscle of the horse I drew. It was far from perfect but the feelings remain.
Even today, after many years, my favorite subject is Horses -- they still continue to amaze me. For me the horse, beside the beautiful gracious body, is a symbol of a free soul, loyalty and trust. Especially I'm fascinated by their eyes. An eye, as old pople say, is a window to a soul. Body language is very important in communicating but eyes will tell you everything. When you look in their trustful eyes, you can see they want to connect with us and are always as a vivid shadow that needs to be close, to follow and to please, and blindly don't expect anything in return – just hopes for love and simple friendship to survive through the chaos. The amazing creatures enjoy contact with people. They trust us. They will use all the skills and body powers to perform, to be the best they can be, to please people and forget about limitations and pain – and, I know they always will...
Work featured in several books and publications, to list just a few, including;
· Davenport's Art Reference Guide,
· Who's Who in American Art,
· The North American Artists Bluebook,
· Comanducci Artists Encyclopedia,
· National Museum of Women in the Arts -- Washington, DC,
· ArtPrice International Artists Registry,
· Ex Arte Equinus I Art book,
· Ex Arte Equinus II Art book,
· Contemporary Artists book,
· POLO PLAYER'S EDITION Magazine,
· Horses in Art Magazine,
· Todays' Horse Magazine,
· The Equinest Art Magazine,
· Equinest Magazine,
· EQUUS Magazine,
· Art Horse Magazine,
· Contemporary Paintings Magazine – "Polo in Art,"
· Polo Players Edition Magazine, · The Heights Pages Magazine,
· The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo- "Calm Hearts" painting was selected for poster image
· 3 poems inspired by her paintings written by Australian awards winning poet Kym Eitel--poems published along with paintings' images in her new book For The Love Of Horses,
· TV interview – RET1SAT TV Lodz, Poland,
· Radio Interview – Polish Radio Lodz, Poland,
· Fox 26 News KRIV Houston - Featured Artist, December,
· Kids Learning Art – TV learning program, Poland,
· Mottled Horses Image published on 2009 Calendar. The Association of Friends for Children with Heart Disease, published by LCL-sa, Poland,
· ACEO Art Magazine
I hope my art will bring some people escape, peace and provide relaxation from today’s daily lackluster world.
"Unperturbed Night" Painting featured in The EQUUS Magazine, December 2012
“Calm Hearts” - poster print Painting was selected as a Top 20 Finalist -The Woodlands High School Art Trust 2012
"Run with the Wind” Cover Art for The Today's Horse Magazine, February 2012 issue
"Wspolczesni" ("Contemporary Artists") – Art book published by AdiArt and LCL-SA, Poland
*** 3 poems written by Australian awards winning poet Kym Eitel--poems inspired by my work will be published in her new book "For Love of Horses."
Horses in Art Magazine "Derby Day" painting published in Fall 2011 Issue
"Awaiting Race" Painting featured in Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at "Art in the Park" 2010
Gazeta.pl -Polish Newspaper article by Malgorzata Mazur -2008
Contemporary Polish Paintings En la Casa de la Cultura - Cozumel, Mexico 2008
*** "Hästens rike" (The Horse Kingdom) 2008
*** Show publications--Museo de la Cultura Maya Chetumal, Mexico 2008
*** Artists @ Work La Centerra at Cinco Ranch - Katy, TX 2008
*** "POLO IN ART" Art book article Adi-Art gallery Lodz, Poland September 2008
*** Interview for Radio Lodz with Wojslaw Rodacki 2008
*** "Crossing Souls" Painting selected in POLO PLAYER'S EDITION Magazine - 2007 Crossing Souls" painting was selected in the art contest for inclusion in 22 annual Polo and Sporting Art issue
EX ARTE EQUINUS 2009 "Awaiting Race 2" - awarded 5th place and published in the Ex Arte Equinus II book
"Unperturbed Night" & "Crossing Souls" Prize winners in Ex Arte Equinus contest and published in the book 2008 International Equine Art Competition presed by A r t H o r s e M a g a z i n e
Fourth Place:Unperturbed Night - Mottled Horses series.
This fascinating composition swirls with dramatic colors that nevertheless seem to convey a sense of stillness in the midst of motion. The horses exist in a transitory realm, yet our eyes are drawn to the dramatic focal points of ears, eyes, mouths, and nostrils, as if the horse’s themselves are focused on those senses as well. The expression in the prominent horse’s eye, and the juxtaposition of the two noses, conveys to me a subtle communication passing from one horse to the next. This composition is strikingly unique, yet it is more than just an abstract study; for it conveys the artist’s awareness of the essential aspects of horse’s expressions and behaviors. ~ Kim McElroy
The Heights Pages Magazine - Fall 2007
KRIV Fox 26 News Houston "Featured Artist"
"Bremond House Gallery announces the opening of its one-person show, Nature’s Sensual Beauty, featuring Polish-born artist, Iwona Jankowski, which will run from February 14 until March 30, 2008.
After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in Gdynia, Poland, Jankowski studied drawing and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland. Jankowski’s Sexy Flowers® and Mottled Horses™ paintings are collected throughout United States and abroad, including collectors in Tahiti, United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, France, Holland, Greece, Singapore, and Ireland.
“Iwona is an extraordinary artist with a knack for merging abstract expressionism with a touch of realism," stated David E. Warner, Executive Director of Bremond House Gallery. “I can’t imagine a more appropriate artist for our Valentine's show,” added Warner. “Her Sexy Flowers hint at the 1920s style of Georgia O’Keeffe, yet embody a more current, contemporary perspective that crosses generational lines.”
A champagne reception is planned between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., February 14, 2008. The artist will be on hand throughout the evening to talk with visitors and answer questions. The Valentine's Day reception is open to the public."
"Sensual and intricately detailed, Iwona Jankowski's intimate views of flower blossoms are painted with an obvious passion for the exquisite beauties of nature - the soft sheen of the petal, the voluptuous contours of the bloom, and the extraordinary spectrum of color found therein. Jankowski's flowers are not confined by the frame of the canvas, but rather take on monumental proportions as they unfold magnificently, exceeding the bounds of our vision.In these august compositions, organic forms sweep elegantly from edge to edge, like vast landscapes of color. Jankowski paints in naturalistic hues, beautifully capturing the angelic whites, the lush purples, and the radiant reds and oranges of the blossoms she paints. Born in Poland, Jankowski studied at the School of Visual Arts in Gdynia, Poland, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland. She moved to the United States in 1981, and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Hamburg, Germany. Hundreds of her original paintings, including artwork from her most popular "Sexy Flowers" series, can be found in collections worldwide. Jankowski has also been published in the Davenport Art Reference and Price Guide, and Who's Who in American Art."
"ARTmine" - December 2004
"Iwona Jankowski’s talent and passion shine in her immensely detailed and inspiring works. In her “Horses” series, she captures the intense and alluring natural beauty of one of the most respected and miraculous animals on Earth. The radiant colors used to depict the horse are breathtaking and mystical. They create the sense of movement giving life to the paintings and providing a window to the graceful and powerful world of the horse. Her portrayal of this magnificent creature is truly of the utmost uniqueness. With her “Sexy Flowers” ™ series, Iwona gives an extremely detailed view of flora using vivid colors and eloquent brush strokes, capturing the innate and complex splendor of every petal. The visual stimulation triggers the senses into believing that one is so close to the flower that they could actually smell its sweet bouquet."
"eArtZone" - 2005
2012 - JoMar Visions Art Excellence 2012 Juried Competition, Houston, TX – First Place Award 2012 - The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo- Calm Hearts was selected for poster image 2012 - "Run with the Wind" cover art for The Today's Horse Magazine, February 2012 issue 2012 - " Calm Hearts" has been selected as a Top 20 Finalist for The Woodlands High School Art Trust"Palettes & Paintings" 2012 - Equine artwork and article featured in The Today's Horse Magazine
2011 - First Place Award - JoMar Visions Art Excellence 2011 Juried Open Competition, Houston, TX 2011 - Third place - Horses in Art Magazine 2011 Cover Contest. "Derby Day" shown in the Fall 2011 issue. 2011 - First Place - Art Exhibit Benefitting the Galveston Island Humane Society -"Purrrr Love" 2011 - Horses in Art Magazine – "Derby Day" painting published in Fall 2011 Issue 2011 - 3 poems written by Australian awards winning poet Kym Eite - poems inspired by my work will be published in her new book. 2011 - ArtHash: Interview with the Artist
2010 - "Planet Earth, Planet Art" MIRCA Art Group book inclusion - "Unperturbed Night"
2009 - Gazeta.pl, Polish News Portal – featured artist by Malgorzata Mazur 2009 - March - The Equinest Magazine - Interview with the Artist 2009 - February - The Equinest Magazine - Interview with the Artist 2009 - Gazeta.pl, Polish News Portal – featured artist by Malgorzata Mazur 2009 - “Wspolczesni” (“Contemporary Artists”) – Art book published by AdiArt and LCL-sa 2009 - Art Horse Magazine - "Awaiting Race" - Fifth place winner in Ex Arte Equinus juried competition 2009 - Ex Arte EquinusBook - " Awaiting Race” - awarded to be published in the Ex Arte Equinus II book
2008 - Mottled Horses Image published on 2009 Calendar. The Association of Friends for Children with Heart Disease, published by LCL-sa in Poland 2008 - Polish TV1Lodz - Artist's Interrview - "Polo in Art" 2008 - Polish Radio LodzRadio- Interview with Wojslaw Rodacki "Obiezyswiat" 2008 - Contemporary Painting Magazine – “Polo in Art” by Adam Kowalczewski Adi-Art Gallery 2008 - Art Horse Magazine 2008 "Unperturbed Night" - Fourth place winner in Ex Arte Equinus juried competition 2008 - Ex Arte Equinus Book"Unperturbed Night" & "Crossing Souls" - prize winners Ex Arte Equinus contest
2007 - POLO PLAYER'S EDITION Magazine - "Crossing Souls" painting selected in the art contest for inclusion in 22 annual Polo and Sporting Art issue 2007 - Art Horse Magazine, EX ARTE EQUINUS International Equine Art Competition - fourth place 2007 – Horses in Art Magazine, Fall 2007 – Featured Artist Iwona Jankowski 2007 – The Heights Pages Magazine, Fall 2007 – Interview with the Artist 2007 - When you Wake Up book by Nicholas Cameron,
2007 – ACEO art Magazine, Spring 2007 – Featured artist 2006 – Contemporary Painting Magazine September 2006 - article by Adam Kowalczewski 2006 – TV interview – RET1SAT TV Lodz, Poland, 2006 – Radio Interview – Polish Radio Lodz, Poland
2005 - Fox 26 News KRIV Houston - Featured Artist, December,
Major Art Books and Listings:
Davenport's Art Reference Guide, Who's Who in American Art, The North American Artists Bluebook, Comanducci Artists Encyclopedia, National Museum of Women in the Arts -- Washington, DC, ArtPrice International Artists Registry,
Recent Shows and Displays:
2012 - JoMar Vision, Houston, TX – "Holiday art Sale in the Gallery" 2012 – JoMar Vision Excellence 2012, Houston, TX – First Place Award (The Best of Show) 2012 - JoMar Vision, Houston, TX – "Red Hot Like Summer" 2012 – JoMar Vision, Houston, TX – "Speaking of Abstract" 2012– JoMar Vision, Houston, TX – "Mottled Impressions" Solo Show 2012 - The Woodlands High School Art Trust "Palettes & Paintings" Show 2012 - March - Art in the Park -- Rocky Mountain Horse Expo 2012 2012 - San Jose Clinic's annual fundraiser, Art with Heart, Houston, TX 2012 - Gallery Lyktan, Skogås, Sweden "August Strindberg" Art Exhibition
2011 - JoMar Vision Excellence -- group Exhibition 2011 - December - The Woodlands Art League, Art Affair at VillaSport, The Woodlands, TX 2011 - Triada Gallery - exhibition Gdansk, Poland 2011 - Evenings on Campus - University of Malta Exhibition - MIRCA touring exhibition for Human Rights - "Silence" 2011 - Taller Experimental de Grafica La Habana -- Havana, Cuba -- Contemporary Art Exhibition - "Windy Day"
2009 – March – April - ”Hästar från Texas” Exhibition, Mariakyrkan Skogås, Sweden
2008 - December – Spacetaker Gallery - Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) Houston, TX 2008 - October - Pintura Polaca Contemporánea - Casa de la Cultura de Cozumel, Mexico 2008 - October - "Hästens rike" (The Horse Kingdom) - Lyktan Gallery, Skogås, Sweden– individual exhibition, 2008 - September - LaCenterra, Arts on the Square – Houston, TX 2008 - September – gallery workshop with children and TV interview – TV1 Lodz, Poland 2008 - September - Adiart - Individual show - Lodz, Poland – individual exhibition, 2008 - March - April- Bremond House Gallery - Elgin, Texas, --INDIVIDUAL SHOW "Nature’s Sensual Beauty" 2008 - Polish Contemporary Art in the Museo de la Cultura Maya - Chetumal, Mexico Texas Tuscan Furniture Design 2007 - Saatchi - Virtual Competition, London Show - selected to 50 favorites 2007 - Bremond House Gallery - Elgin, Texas, 2007 - Karen Derr & Associates - Houston, TX 2007 - Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant, Houston, TX 2007 - January - Årsta Slott, Sweden -- individual exhibition,
2006 - December - "Hembygdsgården" Nynäshamn,Sweden -- individual exhibition, 2006 - September / October -Östra Gymnasiet in Skogås, Sweden, 2006 - International Art Forum - Lodz, Poland, 2006 - February - Lyktan Gallery, Skogås, Sweden, 2006 - Pin Oak Charity Horse Show - GSEC Houston, TX,
2005 - December - Fox 26 News KRIV Houston - Featured Artist, 2005 - October - Rouge Restaurant Art Show - Houston, TX, 2005 - Woodway Flowers and Art - Houston, TX, 2005 - January & February - Agora Gallery Chelsea- New York, NY,
2004 - August/September - Marziart Internationale Galerie und Malschule- Hamburg, Germany, 2004 - July - Sam Houston Race Park - Individual Show - Houston, TX, 2004 - June - Yale Street Arts at the Historic Heights - Houston, TX, 2004 - May - Democratic Party Convention - Art Exhibit Houston, TX, 2004 - Gallery eArtZone.com - Houston, Texas, 2004 - February 15-March 30 - Gallery 3 - Houston, Texas,
2003 - 2004 February 1 - December 15 - Gallery 3 - Houston, Texas, 2003 - October - SoHo Goliad Emporium - individual show - Goliad, Texas, May 2003 - International Deco Fair - New Orleans, Louisiana, 2003- May Home Design & Decorating Show - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
My paintings can be found in numerous world wide collections; throughout the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France,Germany,Greece, Holland, Ireland, Japan,New Zealand, Poland,Singapore, Sweden,Tahiti, and United Kingdom .
Long's Happy Ass Acres Reg. Miniature Donkeys Bourbon, Indiana * Burger King Ontario, Canada * Computer Associates Co. Herndon, VA * CA Dept of Fair Employment and Housing Sacramento, CA * Mayor's Office of Economic Development New Orleans, LA * Leading Edge Group PYMBLE, Australia * Namao Store Namao, Canada * MOJO West Hollywood, CA 90069 * Animal Friends of Wilmington Inc. Wilmington, NC * CDC SIMI VALLEY, CA * CREST COATING, INC ANAHEIM, CA * Stevenson Ind. Pacific Palisades, CA * APNA Arlington, VA * Kitty Luv Needle Art Collectible East Setauket, NY * Flowers Extraordinaire Linthicum, MD * Saugus Animal Hospital Saugus, MA * PRA San Diego, CA * SMI Cincinnati, OH
Iwona Jankowski in Art and Reference Books
Davenports Art Reference Guide
Who's Who in American Art
The North American Artists Bluebook
Art Price Annual
When You Wake Up
ExArte Equinus 1
Bremond House Gallery - with David Warner President
Bremond House Gallery - Individual show
Bremond House Gallery - Individual show
Convention Center - Houston, TX
Lodz, Poland - International Art Forum with Grazyna Orzech and actor Wojciech Siemion
Skogas Sweden - Art Show
Houston, TX - Art Show
Houston, TX - Spanish Flowers exibition
Adora Gallery - New York, NY Group Exibition
The Pine Oak - Cherity Horse Show
Lodz, Poland - on the way for "Polo in Art" show opening. Orginized by Adi-Art Gallery - Violetta Jaskot and Adam Kowalczewski - owners
Lodz, Poland - Adi-Art "Polo in Art" opening reception
Lodz, Poland - with Violletta Jaskot, Adi-Art gallery owner
Lodz, Poland - art class with elementary students
Lodz, Poland - local TV1 News Station recording of "Polo in Art"
Lodz, Poland - Adi-Art Gallery - students from local elementary shool visiting "Polo in Art" exibition
Gallery Lyktan, Skogås, Sweden - opening reception
Gallery Lyktan, Skogås, Sweden with Grazyna Kulpa - Gallery Curator