Magdalena Jesionek

Magdalena Jesionek

Amsterdam

About Magdalena Jesionek

Born in 1956, Krakow, living and working in Amsterdam since 1982. I am an independent artist, also Art Teacher specialized in Painting Portrait and Model.

Architectural paintings. Photography in the making process. Oil and acrylic on (sometimes shaped) canvas. Synthesis (balance) of realism and abstraction. Reflective on the art of painting itself.

Architecture is my major all-embracing theme. Regarded within social and historical context architecture itself, ancient or utmost modern, reflects not only abstract ideas and principles of design, but also indicates the vulnerability of the human condition.

Photography is so to speak the equivalent of my sketchbook. With kind of snapshots I am exploring fragments of reality. Photographic fragmentation itself often defines the forms of my canvasses; it enables a serial way of working.

I once had the experience of bliss when I found a very special technique of preparing the canvas. In each painting some parts of the canvas are left unprimed, purposefully revealing the texture and color of the linen canvas. This creates an edge or relief between different levels throughout the image. This process is deeply embedded in each image and has become an additional force of my creative spectrum.

Education

Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland, interior design, graduated 1981.
Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, painting graduated 1991. Teachers Training for Fine Artists (LOKV), Utrecht & Amsterdam, Netherlands, graduated 1995.

w o r k

since 1995 working as teacher drawing & painting in De Meerse/Pier-K. Centre for Art and Culture, Hoofddorp.

e x h i b i t i o n s

1991
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, group show
1992
Manifestation: Apropos-portrait, De Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, group show
1993
40 x 40 x40 (x 100), Schrder Gallery, The Hague, group show
1995
Repetition-On Small Scale, Schrder Gallery The Hague, group show.
1996
Summer exhibition, P/A Gallery, Amsterdam, group show
Metamorphoses, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, group show
Haarlemmermeres Council Art Acquisitions 1996, Gallery De Meerse, Hoofddorp, group show
My God, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, group show
1998
Sources, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, solo show
Haarlemmermeres Council Art Acquisitions 1998, Gallery De Meerse, group show
1999
Art Teatchers of De Meerse, Centre for Art and Culture, Gallery De Meerse, group show
Art Fair Kunst-Rai, Amsterdam (Schrder Gallery) group show
2000
The City Landscapes. The Society for Arts, Chicago, solo show
Untitled, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, solo show
Wo(man) where are you now? Gallery La Pommerie Saint-Setier, France, group show
2001
Art Fair: Art Rotterdam, (Schrder Gallery) group show
Art Fair: Kunst-Rai, Amsterdam, (Schrder Gallery) group show
Untitled, The Society For Arts, Chicago, group show
Urban Landscapes, Municipal Centre, Plano and Plano Centre, Texas, solo show
2002
Hofijver in Poetry & Images, Dutch/Belgian manifestation, The Hague, group show
Architecture in church, Culturele Kring Wieringen, group show
Arka Gallery, Amsterdam, group show
Amsterdam Photo 2002, Photography and painting: Architectural Inspiration, Arka Gallery, Amsterdam, duo show
Touching Boundaries, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, group show
2003
Biotopes, Gallery Borne, solo show
Art-Fair Kunst-Rai Amsterdam, (Schrder Gallery) group show
Group show exhibition: Netherlands Contemporary Art Exhibit, Houston, group show
Continuum Of Connections, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, solo show
2006
Het Cleyne Huys Gallery, The Hague, group show
2006
EM Gallery, Kolum, solo show
2008
Artsociety Arti et Amicitia, Amsterdam, group show
Het Cleyne Huys Gallery, The Hague, solo show

p u b l i c a t i o n s
m e d i a c o v e r a g e

Coverage in National Dutch television art-programme
AVRO, 1998-2003.
Review by J. Polanski: 'Magda Jesionek: Urban Landscapes', American Magazine Art-Scope: www.artscope.net/VAREVIEWS/Jesionek0700.shtml
'Verwondering over de werkelijkheid van Jesionek' Haagsche Courant
Catalogus 'Hofvijver in Pozie & Beeld'. 2002
'De stad als Landschap', Dagblad Tubantia.
Catalogus Internationale Fotobinnale Amsterdam, Haarlem en Amstelveen 2002.
Gallery Reviews by Donna Tennant: 'Atelier d'Arts Originale',
Arts Houston, 2003.

g r a n t
Fonds voor Beeldende kunst Vormgeving en Bouwkunst (Fund for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture) Amsterdam, 2001- 2003.

a c q u i s i t i o n s
Council Haarlemmermeer, 1996 and 1998
Historical Museum of The Hague. 2002
Various International Private Collections

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Events

2013
"Meeting Lutoslawski" multimedia event, Felix Meritis - European Centre for Arts, Culture and Science, Amsterdam
2009
7th Triennial of Sacrum Art, “Home - the way of existence”
The City Art Gallery, Czestochowa

Exhibitions

2012
Polish Cosmos, Gallery Dom Polonii, Cracow, group show
Dutch Scenes - Arti et Amicitae at Salmagundi, New York, group show
2011
I dwell, I exist, Pools Huis, solo show
Winter Expositie,K+A Gallery, Leiden, group show
2010
Salon 2010 Artsociety Arti et Amicitia, Amsterdam, group show
10 Years of EM Gallery, Drachten, group show
Seasons Galleries, The Hague, solo show
2010 Seasons Galleries, The Hague, solo show ME Gallery, Drachten, group showSalon 2010 Artsociety Arti et Amicitia, Amsterdam, group show
2009
Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam, solo show
Seasons Gallery, The Hague, group show
K+A Gallery, Leiden, solo show
Salon 2009 Artsociety Arti et Amicitia, Amsterdam, group show