About Jolanta Johnsson

Jolanta Johnsson, contemporary Artist

I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where I specialised in graphics. I have since then worked as a freelancing artist, and painting and drawing are the techniques that dominate my work. I create figurative compositions and landscapes. Through symbolic representations, I seek to portray existential questions. I focus on the reality that I am surrounded by, i.e. The existence of the “modern man” living in an era of multidimensional change.
The second central theme of my work is landscapes. I interpret the strong emotions that my surroundings, and especially nature, evoke. My compositions sometimes preserve observed orders and divisions. Often, however, the painting leads me to more abstract grounds. In my work on landscapes, the need to simplify and summarise dominates, but at the same time, I work with different textures to create a living image.
Portraits take a special place in my work. Through the face, I seek to express the truth about the human being, whatever that might mean.
Painting occupies the most place in my work. However, the graphics remind you of yourself. I put away the brushes and go to the graphic studio. I like working in traditional techniques, especially the linocut technique. But I am also looking for unusual traces, creating matrices from various materials. Graphics is searching. Although the graphics allow reproduction, it is not the most important for me. I print small editions.
Graphic print on good paper has an element of nobility and unique beauty.
I believe that a hand-made graphic print preserves. Computer techniques, which are already more widely used by visual artists, will not dominate traditional methods.

Education

1984–1989 the Academy of Fine Arts – Warsaw Poland, graphic faculty – graphic atelier of Halina Chrostowska and Rafał Strent, painting classes with Jerzy Tchórzewski

2012 – PhD in Art of the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland

Teacher at Vistula University in Warsaw, Graphic Design department – the printmaking and the graphic design courses

 

Solo exhibitions

  • 2020 Old Kisa, Konsthall Kisa,Sweden
  • 2018 Aneks Gallery, Puławy
    DAP 2 Gallery, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
    Konsthall Kisa, Kisa, Sweden
    Gallery DAP 2, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
    Karwacjan & Gładysz Castle – Museum, Gorlice, Poland
  • 2017 Center for Culture Promotion  South Praga District, Warsaw
  • 2016 COEK Studio, Ciechanów
  • 2014/2015 European Art Faculty Gallery, Vistula University, Warszawa 
  • 2014 Skådebanan, Linköping Gallery, Sweden
    Gallery U, The Inauguration of the Year of Culture in Ursynów, Warsaw

    2013 Gallery Kisa, Kisa, Sweden
    Gallery Boxholm Library, Boxholm, Sweden
    Gallery DAP 2, Lufcik, ZPAP Warszawa, Poland
    Gallery on 1st Floor, ZPAP Łódź, Poland

  • 2010 Van Golik Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

  • 2007 Art Depot Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
    The Palace of Art, Kraków, Poland

  • 2006 Forma Gallery, Warszawa, Poland

  • 2003 Test Gallery, Warszawa, Poland
    Art Three Times Gallery Warszawa, Poland

  • 2001 The Artist’s House, Ursynów, Warszawa, Poland

  • 1998 Test Gallery, Warszawa, Poland
    City Gallery – Arsenał, Poznań, Poland

  • 1995 Test Gallery, Warszawa, Poland

  • 1994 Girardet Gallery, Essen, Germany

  • 1993 Pestka Gallery, The Etnographic Museum, Warszawa, Poland

  • 1991 Saabs Konstförening, Linköping, Sweden

  • 1989 Gallery MB, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1988 Kulturhuset, Nässjö, Sweden

Group exhibitions

  • 2023 Grafiteka 2022, exhibition of Warsaw’s graphic section of Union of Polish Artists, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
    The Charity Auction Aperio, Arsenał – Municipal Gallery, Poznań
    Summer exhibition of the Kinda Artists’ Association, Kisa library
    Kinda Artists’ Association – the picture of the month – Bird in the Meadow
    Summer Art Salon, Lubomirski Palace in Rzeszów
  • 2023 Grafiteka 2022, exhibition of Warsaw’s graphic section of Union of Polish Artists, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
  • 2022 Grafiteka 2022, exhibition of Warsaw’s graphic section of Union of Polish Artists, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
  • 2019 Grafiteka 2019, exhibition of Warsaw’s graphic section of the Union of Polish Artists, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
  • 2018 To paint, above all, an exhibition celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Jan Cybis award, Lufcik Gallery, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
    Grafiteka 2018, exhibition of graphic Warsaw section of Union of Polish Artists, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
    The Charity Auction Aperio, Arsenał – Municipal Gallery, Poznań
  • 2017 Grafiteka 2017, exhibition of Warsaw’s graphic section of Union of Polish Artists, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
    Visions, exhibition of Warsaw’s painting section of Union of Polish Artists, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
  • 2016 Nominees exhibition of XIII Graphic Competition  in name of Józef Gielniak, Karkonosze Museum, Jelenia Góra
    35×35 Art project, Muzeum Copelouzos Family Muzeum, Athens
    Three Dimensions, Paintings on canvas, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
  • 2015 Muza – 2015 – Magdalena Abakonowicz, promotion Gallery, Center for Promotion of  Culture,  South Praga District, Warsaw
    The Charity Auction Aperio, The Palace, Poznań
    The Charity Auction For Autistic ChildrenPragaleria, Warsaw
  • 2014 The News, ZPAP, Warszawa
    The Charity Auction Aperio, The Palace, Poznań
    The Charity Auction For Olaf, The Contemporary Art Museum, Warsaw
    The Charity Auction for Max, Warsaw
    Abstraction, ZPAP, Warsaw

  • 2013 Abstraction, ZPAP, Warszawa
    The News, ZPAP, Warszawa
    Vienna Showcase, Museum of Modern Art, Schonbrun Palace, Vienna
    The Grand Charity Auction for Police Emergency Youth, Center Polish Olympic Committee, Warsaw

  • 2012 New Opening, 100th anniversary of Union of Polish Artists, The Artist’s House, Warsaw
    Feast of Masters, Palace of Art, Kraków

  • 2011 Abstract in Nature, Lufcik Galery, Warsaw, Poland
    The News, Artist’s House, Warsaw, Poland

  • 2008 The International Art’s Market, Mitteleuropa Galery, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2006 Polish Artists for Kids, the charity exhibition, Świdnica – New York

  • 2004 Via Varsovia, Puławy Galery, Puławy, Poland
    Via Varsovia, Galery “Three Times Art”, Warsaw, Poland
    Milanówek Art Festival, The City Hall, Milanówek, Poland

  • 2003 Leaving the hiding, Ursynów, Warsaw, Poland

  • 2000 The sculpture as a personal object, Lufcik Galery, ZPAP Warsaw, Poland
    The drawing 2000 – Mazowsze Reflections, Lufcik Galery ZPAP Warsaw, Poland
    The Fate of the Art, the exhibition of the artists from Warsaw ZPAP circle
    Flower Power, Art Office Galery, Warsaw, Poland

  • 1999 My land, ZPAP, Warsaw, Poland

  • 1998 The women artist and her worldview – the traces of Polish and American culture – the traveling exhibition of Polish and American women artists
  • 1997 The human in painting – the graphics, the graphics exhibition in Xylon-Museum Schwezingen, City Museum, Reutlingen, Germany

  • 1996 April – Warsaw’s month of painting, ZPAP, Warsaw, Poland

  • 1995 April – Warsaw’s month of painting, ZPAP, Warsaw, Poland

  • 1994 The World Triennale of Polish Graphic, Katowice, Poland

  • 1992 First World Graphic Biennale, Maastricht, Holland

  • 1991 Triennale of Polish Graphic, Kraków, Poland

  • 1985 Drawings Review from All the Polish Art Academie, Teacher’s Prize, Katowice, Poland

  • 1985 National Student’s Print Review, Kraków, Poland