TOWER OF COPERNICUS - SPRING 1983
Andrzej Jackowski (1947 – )
- 147.5 X 132 CM
- OIL ON CANVAS
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All Jackwoski’s paintings have a quiet, mysterious feel to them, images that have emerged from the depths of a poetic imagination. They are discoveries and intuitions of an allegorical nature, but open to our associations and experiences. The earliest painting by Jackowski to be entitled Tower of Copernicus dates from 1980 and, like its successors in the series, shows an enclosed space into which it is necessary to ascend, and above which there is the sense of an opening onto a greater space. This architectural setting is suggested rather than described, with a hint at the immensity of the night sky. The name of Copernicus suggests here a revolution in the arena of metaphysical thought, rather than of physical sciences. In a letter describing the painting, the artist wrote "The Tower of Copernicus - Spring 1983 was part of a series of four, painted in 1982/3 The Seasons. What I wanted the paintings to do was evoke the feeling of the season - in the world as well as the internal season - the way we ourselves have cycles of freezing and melting and then blossoming again. So, in the Spring painting I wanted to evoke meltingness and flourishingness."
Cries & Whispers New Works for the British Council Collection The British Council 1988