Janusz Walentynowicz

Born in Dygowo, Poland, 1956, in 1960 Janusz Walentynowicz came to Denmark with his parents who fled (then) communist Poland

Walentynowicz started his artistic career in Denmark as a young autodidact artist creating sculptural work in stoneware.
During his enrollment at The School of Applied Arts (then- “Skolen For Brugskunst) (1978-82) in Copenhagen, he became acquainted with the glass media, which has since been his preferred material.
Having just graduated from Skolen For Brugskunst in 1982, Walentynowicz won first Price for the Glass category, in
the annual Danish Design competition, and also, in 1982, grants from :
The Denmark America Foundation
Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond Af 1968
Knud Højgårds Fond
K. A. Larsen Og Hustru L. M. Larsen Født Thodbergs Legat
enabled him to accept an invitation from Joel Philip Myers, to commence further studies at Illinois State university, USA.
During his enrollment at ISU, Walentynowicz was awarded:
The Friends Of The Arts Talent Grant (1983)
The Elisabeth Stein Art Scholarship (1984)
The Marshal Dulaney Pitcher Art Award.(1984)
As the education at SFB in Copenhagen was focused mostly on industrial design, and casting glass was then still a largely unexplored discipline, it was not until his graduate years at ISU, that Walentynowicz began seeing the possibility of returning to his artistic roots using this new media, and he set out to find ways of addressing the concerns that engaged him as a young artist, prior to working with glass.

Having always had an interest in human relations, and a need to work in an expressive way, Walentynowicz eventually rested the the glass blowing tools, and decided to focus on the casting process, which seamed to offer itself better for work of an expressive and engaging nature.
Experimentation and new thinking has, since the very beginning, characterized Walenynowicz’s artistic path, this shown first time publicly in the US at an exhibition at Anne O’Brien Gallery in Washington, DC (1986), where cast glass, often painted and imbedded in wooden or metal structures, were hung on the wall, much like paintings. At the time, rather a novelty in the glass community.

In the years from 1987 to 1994, He worked with artist Nicholas Africano, casting Africano’s early glass figures, and debuted himself in 1998 at Anne O’Brien Gallery in Washington, DC , with his own cast figurative work, and later again on 1991,with a show at Franklin Parrish gallery in NYC, showing, what was then considered large scale, 3D figurative work in cast glass.
Participating that same year in the Contemporary Glasswork Art Exhibition “Le Verre”, in Rouen, France, The city of Rouen purchased three major pieces from this body of work.
In 1994-95, Walentynowicz also produced two full scale, life size, solid cast glass figures.

In 1988, Walentynowicz began what would develop into the “reverse paintings” body of work. A negative bass relief, in cast glass, reverse painted from the back, resulting in a 3 dimensional image, in a 2 D wall hung format. (Examples)
Working on various other projects, in the following years, the focus was mainly on continued development of the reverse paintings.
Mostly based on this body of work, in 1996, Walentynowicz received The Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant.

In 2000 The technique eventually branched off into large scale free standing sculptures “Columns” consisting of two, reverse painted units that came together back to back, creating a full three dimensional image encapsulated in glass.
In 2005, as new investment materials became available, Walentynowicz regained interest in the 3D casting process, (Cire perdue) as the new materials now made it possible to keep a textured surface on the casts, which, for large works, was not obtainable with the more inferior materials. The body of abstract “Standing Female Figures”, -here addressing the individual, walking her way through life while having to balance the more or less fitting pieces that make up the whole, was one result of this “new” 3D cast work.

While still involved in working with the human figure, much of Walentynowicz's latest production has moved away from the figure itself and, addressing all the same concerns, he has, as so often before, again left the “safe harbor” and ventured out into the unknown.
Now working mostly in an abstract, non-figurative fashion, Walentynowicz is again challenging himself as well as his audience. The expression has changed, but for Walentynowicz, it is just a way of addressing the same subjects and concerns from a different vantage point.

Since 1992, Walentynowicz has been working out of his studio in Bloomington, IL.
Due to the need for a larger studio, he relocated to Clinton, IL in 1997, and in 1999, also established a small studio in his native Denmark, where he works during the summer months, mostly involved in the disciplines of drawing and painting, as well as testing new ideas and techniques, aimed at bringing newness and change to future work.


Portfolio:

Reverse painting on cast glass (2D)

Reverse painted glass, cast from a bass relief, molded in clay, and then painted from the back.
The techniquegives a 3D effect to the work, when viewed from the front.

Mediterranean Still Life “Mediterranean Still Life”

26” x 46” , Reverse painting on cast glass, welded steel.

Loss “Loss”

30” x 34.5” , Cast glass. oil paint. galvanized steel frame

Bicycle With baby blue handles “Bicycle With baby blue handles”

80" x 5.5" , Kiln cast glass, mixed media

Blue Garden “Blue Garden”

26” x 45” , Reverse painting on cast glass, welded steel

Anna with Teddy and Baby Blue Rabbit “Anna with Teddy and Baby Blue Rabbit”

26” x 45” , Reverse painting on cast glass, welded steel.

White Curtains “White Curtains”

26” x 40” , Reverse painting on cast glass, welded steel.

Blue Hat Sisters “Blue Hat Sisters”

24"x29" , Cast glass, oil paint, welded steel

Two Sisters “Two Sisters”

22"x22" , Cast glass, oil paint, welded steel

Buffer Zone “Buffer Zone”

24"x 33" , Cast glass, oil paint, welded steel

Mona's Key “Mona's Key”

22"x 27" , Cast glass, oil paint, welded steell, flame sprayed nickel/aluminum

Kara with Mirror “Kara with Mirror”

20" x 37" , Cast Glass, oil paint, Welded steel

Blueberry Lips “Blueberry Lips”

25.5” x 24” , Reverse painted cast glass, welded steel.

Young woman with cloth “Young woman with cloth”

Reverse painted cast glass, welded steel.

Tikamore “Tikamore”

29" x 12" , Cast glass, steel, oil paint

Untitled “Untitled”

20.5" x 25" , Kiln cast glass, steel, oil paint

Home Town” (57.7146N, 10.575E) “Home Town” (57.7146N, 10.575E) ”

41 x 42” , Reverse paint on cast glass, steel

Home Town (57.7155N,10.5783E) “Home Town (57.7155N,10.5783E) ”

38" x 58" x 42”
Reverse painted cast glass, stainless steel

Gnome Busting Apparatus “Gnome Busting Apparatus”

43.5 x 55 x 1.75 , Reverse painting on cast glass, steel.

Hunger “Hunger”

23" x 22" x 2” , Reverse paint on cast glass, steel

Mediterranean Still life With Spin Top “Mediterranean Still life With Spin Top”

24" x 50.5"
Reverse paint on cast glass,Welded steel. flame sprayed with nickel aluminum alloy.

Reverse painting on cast glass (3D)

Reverse painted glass, cast from a bass relief, molded in clay, and then painted from the back.
The techniquegives a 3D effect to the work, when viewed from the front.

"Home Town" (57.7155N,10.5783E) “"Home Town" (57.7155N,10.5783E)”

40.5 x 42.5 x 5/5”
Reverse painted cast glass, stainless steel

“Home Town”  (57.7155N,10.5743E) ““Home Town” (57.7155N,10.5743E)”

29.5" Ø x 3.5"
Reverse painted cast glass, stainless steel

Illinois Lilly “Illinois Lilly”

48” x 40” x 5.5”
Reverse painted cast glass, Stailess steel

“Serenity” (In classic pose) ““Serenity” (In classic pose)”

30.5” x 58” x 5”
Reverse painted cast glass, Stailess steel

The Gift “The Gift”

17”x24”x 3”
Reverse painted cast glass, Stailess steel

“Serenity” (In classic pose) Var lll ““Serenity” (In classic pose) Var lll”

30.5” x 58” x 5”
Cast Glass

Sleeping Woman in Beach Chair with drink “Sleeping Woman in Beach Chair with drink”

35.5 x 38 x 4”
Reverse painting on cast glass, Stainless steel.

Young Woman in Blue “Young Woman in Blue”

23.5 Ø x 4" , Reverse painting on cast glass, stainless steel band.

Angels Kiss “Angels Kiss”

20"x23"x3.5" , Reverse paint on cast glass, stainless steel.band.
(three views)

Madam Blue “Madam Blue”

18.5" x 36" x 4.5" , Reverse painting on cast glass, steel band.

- Three views-

At Leisure “At Leisure”

29" x 29" x 4" , Reverse painting on cast glass, stainless steel band.

-Three Views-

Meeting (With) My Angel “Meeting (With) My Angel”

24” x 24” x 4.5” ,
Reverse paint on cast glass, stainless steel.band.

-Three views-

Non-Figurative glass scupture

Non-figurative cast glass sculptures, created using various glass casting techniques.

See more at :
http://www.jw-studio.com

Untitled (Group (3) #2 “Untitled (Group (3) #2”

11”x 22”x 22” , Cast Glass.

Untitled (Group (3) #1 “Untitled (Group (3) #1”

11”x19”x16” , Cast glass

Untitled   , (”Black”, strapped box ,19x14x14) “Untitled , (”Black”, strapped box ,19x14x14)”

19" x 14" x 14" , Cold-patinaed, Cast glass

"Ultima" “"Ultima"”

18” x 19” x 19” , Cast Glass

"Black stack" “"Black stack" ”

38” x 314” x 14” , Cast Glass.

“Coffee Pot (Puzzle/Jacket)” ““Coffee Pot (Puzzle/Jacket)” ”

24.75” x 23.5 “x 3.75” , Cast glass

"Processor 3" “"Processor 3" ”

32.25 “x 29.75” x 6.25”, Cast glass

"Processor 2" “"Processor 2"”

41” x 29” x 7” , Cast glass

"Mobile Processor 1" “"Mobile Processor 1"”

27.5” x 26.75” x 25.75” , Cast glass

"Mobile Processor 2" “"Mobile Processor 2" ”

32.75” x 45.5 “x 47.75” , Cast glass

“Purse With Gun” ““Purse With Gun””

10.5 x 13 x 4 (about) , Cast Glass

"Yearner" “"Yearner"”

14 x 13 x 8 , cast glass

"Meeting" “"Meeting"”

15"x15"x 5" , cast glass

Rest In Peace “Rest In Peace”

62" x 22" x 4.5" , Cast Glass
-Three views-

“Tea Pot” ““Tea Pot” ”

61" x 22" x 4.5" , Cast Glass
-Three views-

"Collector" I “"Collector" I”

18 x 22 x 20 , Kiln cast glass

"Collector" I “"Collector" I”

18 x 22 x 20 , Kiln cast glass

"Coil" “"Coil" ”

10 x 18 x 10 , Kiln Cast glass

"Letting go" “"Letting go"”

14 x 13 x 17 , Kiln Cast glass

"Loop" “"Loop"”

13.5x21x18 , Kiln Cast glass

"Loop"  (White) “"Loop" (White)”

13.5x21x18 , Kiln Cast glass

"Inhibition" “"Inhibition"”

9 x 23 x 10 , Kiln cast glass

"Scale" “"Scale"”

9.5 x 32.5 x 8 , Kiln Cast glass

"Section" “"Section"”

13 x 19 x 13 , Kiln Cast glass

"Section" ll “"Section" ll”

13x18x13 , Kiln Cast glass

"Listen 'N Tell" “"Listen 'N Tell" ”

31"x24"x18" , Kiln cast glass

"Perpetual Motion" “"Perpetual Motion"”

16" x 17" x 14 , Cast glass

"Chain" (8L18-1) “"Chain" (8L18-1) ”

17 x 14 x 78 , Cast glass, steel

“Chain” (3L18-1) ““Chain” (3L18-1)”

10” x 27”x 18 , Cast glass

“Chain” (3L13-1) ““Chain” (3L13-1)”

13”x18”x12 , Cast glass

Figurative glass sculpture

Figurative cast glass sculptures, created using mostly the cire-perdue method of casting.
Some being glass only, while others are combined with other materials.

Angelhood “Angelhood”

25” x 11” x 6.5” , Cast glass

Untitled, Waiting figures, (3x10) “Untitled, Waiting figures, (3x10)”

38 x 96 x 5" , Kiln cast glass, welded steel

Cello (Var III) “Cello (Var III)”

16 x 15 x 15 , Kiln Cast Glass, cast aluminum

“Woman with Cello” ““Woman with Cello””

31” x 24” x 24” , Cast glass, cast aluminum, steel.

Dora, Hille, Elga, Frida, Stine. “Dora, Hille, Elga, Frida, Stine.”

1) "Dora" , 09 , 51x15x8 , Kiln Cast glass
2) "Hille" , 09 , 47.5 x 8 x 7.5 , Kiln Cast glass
3) "Elga" , 09 , 58” x 11” x 10” , Kiln cast glass
4) "Frida , 09 , 62.5 x 10 x 10 , Kiln cast glass"
5) Stine”, 2009 , 09 , 60 x 11 x 9 in , Kiln Cast glass

5 separate pieces

Tove, Standing w.., Dora, Rita. “Tove, Standing w.., Dora, Rita.”

1) “Tove” , 06 , 46” x 7” x 6” , Kiln cast glass.
“Standing woman with Heart” 2006 , 06 , 39” x 6” x 5.5” , Kiln cast glass.
3) “Dora” , 07 , 52” x 7” x 7” , Cast Glass
4) “Rita” , 06 , 48” x 7” x 6” , Kiln cast glass.

4 separate pieces.

Silla, Tina, Vera, “Silla, Tina, Vera,”

1) "Silla" , 09 , 46.5 x 8 x 7.5 , Kiln Cast glass
2) “Tina” , 07 , 49” x 5.5” x 6.5” , Cast Glass
3) "Vera" , 09 , 63 x 11 x 9 , Kiln cast glass

three separate pieces

Untitled (waiting figures 18 Wht) “Untitled (waiting figures 18 Wht)”

16 x 97.5 x 5.5 , Kiln Cast glass, welded steel

"Holding" ll “"Holding" ll”

39 x 26 x 7 , Cast glass, welded steel

"2+2=5 " “"2+2=5 " ”

26 x 36 x 4.5 , Kiln Cast glass, welded steel

"Poke" “"Poke"”

26 x 32 x 7.5 , Cast glass, welded steel

"Holding" l “"Holding" l”

26 x 41 x 4.5 , Kiln Cast glass, welded steel

"Circle" “"Circle"”

26.5 x 26 x 7.5 , Cast glass, welded steel

"Apple" “"Apple"”

26 x 42 x 4.5 , Cast glass, welded steel