Interviews | June 11, 2022 |

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Interview: Janusz Tworek
Luca Curci
talks with Janusz Tworek during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Janusz Tworek, lives in Krakow, Poland and Tenerife. Janusz Tworek has been an architect for almost 40 years. Like everyone who works in this profession, Janusz Tworek is suspended between artistic sensitivity and engineering precision of thinking. In addition to drawing and painting, Janusz Tworek made attempts in the field of ceramics and stained glass. He is also involved in photography for most of his life. The unique atmosphere of Tenerife, and the openness of the local population promote self-development and work on oneself. Janusz Tworek is a self-taught painter. The awareness that one of the most outstanding contemporary painters, Francis Bacon, was also a self-taught artist, gives Janusz Tworek the strength to work and artistic development. Janusz Tworek constantly observes reality, which is why he tries his hand at realistic and abstract painting. Apart from painting, Janusz Tworek still draws with pencils, charcoal and pastels. Sometimes he uses other techniques as well. All this means that Janusz Tworek does very diverse things, both in terms of mood and expression. Much depends on the atmosphere of the moment in which Janusz Tworek is. Living in Tenerife, Janusz Tworek met an exceptional person with a typically Canarian kindness and cheerful spirit, an outstanding artist, Javier Huerta, who is both a professional and self-taught artist. Many of the works by Janusz Tworek are inspired by contact with this exceptional artistic personality. In Poland, Janusz Tworek collaborates with several art galleries: Pikoteka, Ether, Kontroversjska, Avantgarden, ArtBay, MB Artconsult. Janusz Tworek also collaborates with the M.A.D.S Art Gallery in Milan, Galeria Paks Vienna, ArtioGallery Toronto, Itsliquid Group Italy and the Rossocinabro Gallery in Rome.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Janusz Tworek –
For me, art is the primary means of expressing my attitude toward reality. In my case, painting and drawing flow from the instinctive zone that operates beyond intellectual considerations. And I believe that through this they are the most authentic image of seeing reality. I also write poems that are the result of intellectual contestation. I combined both these means of expression several times. It seems to me that this creates the fullest message.

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
JT –
In my case, painting is spontaneous, resulting from the emotions I experience. Most often, ideas that are the intellectual basis of what I want to paint are completely changed under the influence of emotions and their consequences. I am an emotional person and it guides what I do not only in art. When I paint or draw, I always listen to music, which is my constant companion. This is my only ritual.

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LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
JT –
Despite my 65 years of age, I am learning all the time. I did not wonder if I have a “style” of painting. I try to paint as best I can. And that changes through new experiences. Certainly, my “style” is not realism.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
JT –
As I said through art, I express my attitude to reality. Like everyone else, my moods change depending on what is changing in my immediate and more distant surroundings. I am also referring to matters of importance on a human scale. Because of this, my things are very different.

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LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
JT –
Each job is an expression of my experiences. This is why I am emotionally connected to it. When I finish it, I feel something akin to relief and think about what will happen next.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
JT –
This “consistent” image has a very personal meaning for me. In a way, it’s a family self-portrait. He shows me and my wife. It is a picture of our shared hope for the future. It is a manifestation of our shared awareness of optimism, even though everything that happens around us contradicts such hope.

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LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
JT –
Consistent arose as a need for optimism against the pandemic and all that stems from it. It is also associated with transience and the need for hope despite all the consequences of this fact. We are together with my wife because we share a common consciousness, as indeed the entire population of people.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
JT –
It seems to me that it is very important to return to the roots of the role of art in human life. That is why it is so important to make the artists themselves aware of the important social role they play. After all, they create things that have been the markers of the maturity level of each community for centuries. The need for communing with art has been an inherent need of the human race since the dawn of time. Today, unfortunately, it is not so obvious.

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LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
JT –
I believe that every activity promoting art is right and gives artists hope for a better tomorrow. And in my opinion, ISTLIQUID takes part in it with great passion and professionalism.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
JT –
I consider your business to be professional and passionate. For my part, I hope for continued cooperation. I would recommend cooperation with your group to everyone.

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