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Zygmund Jankowski

September 10, 2016October 23, 2016

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Trident Gallery is pleased to present Unscripted, an exhibition of watercolors and oils by the charismatic, influential, and widely collected colorist Zygmund Jankowski (1925–2009), including exceptional examples of his landscapes, seascapes, farmscapes, jazz, florals, still lifes, self-portraits, and biplanes.

Unscripted is the second solo exhibition of Jankowski’s paintings at Trident Gallery and will be on view September 10 – October 23, 2016. Gallery hours are Saturday 10–7; Friday, Sunday, and Monday 10–5; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12–5, and by appointment.

The gallery will host a public reception in celebration of the exhibition on Saturday, September 17, 5–8pm. Friends, family, and students of Zygmund Jankowski will be present, and the guest of honor will be Myra Hall, the artist’s partner and muse for over thirty years until his death in 2009.

Zygmund Jankowski (1925–2009) was a dedicated and innovative painter, a colorful and generous personality, and a loved and respected teacher. His paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he became one of the most important artists of his time on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, influential both as a painter and as the colleague and teacher of a generation of artists.

He was born into a Catholic family in South Bend, Indiana, where he raised a family and earned a living as a commercial illustrator. He began to summer on Rocky Neck in Gloucester in 1964 and by the late 1970s had moved permanently to Gloucester, where he devoted the rest of his life to his own art.

The book Zygmund Jankowski, released during the first Trident Gallery exhibition in May, 2014, and for sale at the gallery and other outlets, is a 96-page overview of the artist’s career and compendium of writings by and about him. Among the many intriguing statements about art he has made, Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift offers two which have guided his selections of paintings for this exhibition:

“I never start with a preliminary sketch…I put the first stroke down and have it tell me the next step.”

“I’ve seen too many artists stumbling under the weight of an­other’s style. They’ve betrayed themselves.”

Jankowski was represented in his lifetime by the Judi Rotenberg Gallery (Boston MA) and the ARA Gallery (Hamilton MA), and his paintings are in numerous public and private collections across the United States, including the Snite Museum of Art (Notre Dame IN), the Demuth Museum (Lancaster PA), the Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester MA), the National Bank of London, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.