bogumiła twardowska - rogacewicz


Bogumiła Twardowska-Rogacewicz
bogumiła twardowska rogacewicz

Born in 1960 in Wrocław, she lives in Jelenia Góra. She is a graduate of the State College of Fine Arts in Wrocław; she was awarded a diploma in graphic design and painting under the supervision of J. Aleksiun in 1990. She works with painting, drawing, theatre scenography, and graphic design. For several years she has been collaborating with BWA Gallery in Jelenia Góra - she designs posters and catalogues for most exhibitions in this gallery.

Bogumiła Twardowska - Rogacewicz’s painting is a type of action-painting. Her paintings filled with warm, positive energy are painted rapidly and intuitively. BEZOBRAZY cycle is a pure form, texture, and colour. Bundles of Energy – spontaneous, emotional combinations of pure colour that almost physically affect the viewer’s mood. The artist says: my painting is neither difficult, nor avant-garde, it is not politically engaged either. I don’t prove anything. I try to clean my works from the excess of meanings, implied meanings and every instance of unnecessary narration.

Perfect Harmony of Chaos


Pictureless* - what other title could be more appropriate for the exhibition of Bogumila Twardowska-Rogacewicz. That is how she calls her works. Modest, often profoundly critical of herself, the author perceives and senses the world in the manner that those who keep both feet on the ground are not able to. My pictures do not depict anything, therefore do not look for familiar forms and shapes there suggests the very title of the exhibition. That is, however, only half-truth …

The pictures of Bogumila Twardowska-Rogacewicz tell much more than the artist herself would like to express. They concern metaphysical aspect of the world and tell about energy of the Universe, where the outer world is filtered through immensely rich inner world of the artist and then is confronted with it once more through the work of art. Also the viewers are subjected to that confrontation. I have always enjoyed an ideal harmony of composition typical for those pictures. It is a kind of paradox that perfectly harmonious world emerges from a swirl of colourful spots and free-flowing strokes of a brush. The Bundles of Energy can seethe with mighty energetic power or just whisper subtly. No matter what state they describe, eventually the colours and apparently chaotic shapes come to perfect unity. Such seems to be the world that surrounds us, doesn’t it? Sometimes it is painful, sometimes happy or just usual. Yet, when we approach its very essence we discover pervasive harmony.

The artist avoids real forms and shapes which could evoke associations with a particular object or phenomenon. Well, after all these are pictureless works. The only elements that have access to these paintings are fragments of the landscape. The Karkonosze Mountains where the painter lives and works have always attracted her. However, the landscapes of Bogumila are not strictly speaking typical landscape paintings. They are the very essence of the landscape. They lack details, focus on dominant lines and colourful spots that may resemble real forms, yet they are treated rather universally. Still, they are filtered by the artist’s profound perception. The Bundles of Energy are totally different. Big bundles, tiny bundles and eventually Energy. That cycle shows the evolution of the artist from packages of energy to an attempt at describing the very energy, cosmic energy which the artist can perceive and process. She tends to use more quiet colouristic palette, more tranquil form and subtle transitions between the brush strokes. Compositions which used to be full of colour and contrast became more restrained, unified and quiet. They make a masterpiece revealing sensitivity and artistry of the painter.

The cycle Places came into being during the plain-air in Michalowice and is composed of amazing small forms on paper. I admire the way Places are depicted. The light is the only factor that allows the associations with reality. A stream of light appears on the floor of the interior, on the window view, on the corridor, door frame and on the fragment of some landscape. Our rational mind tends to look for familiar associations. Let us not follow it. Let us try to notice perfection of the composition, subtle combinations of colours, great sensitivity of the artist and her unusual skill to transform her insights into the work of art.

Bogumila Twardowska-Rogacewicz is a real treasure, her works create a wonderful, profound and intuitive tale about the energy of the Universe. She can be regarded as a member of the group of most remarkable abstract artists. When I look at The Bundles of Energy, I inevitably recall Vassily Kandinsky’s tract Concerning the Spiritual in Art where he claims that the artist’s task is to discover the vibration of the human soul and express it through the work of art. It is artist’s right to share his or her individual experience presented in an individual form. There might be, however, the case that rational male sense gives way to female intuition.

Dr Agata Rome-Dzida 20th March, 2019

* in Polish, this word has also the second meaning: offenceless(translator’s note)

Bundles of Energy


The paintings of Bogumiła Twardowska-Rogacewicz can be described as young, fresh, and energetic, operating with a powerful emotional charge. The artist refers to her paintings as "Bundles of Energy". Freed from meaning, symbolism, and narration, her paintings seem fascinated with themselves - the joy of the creative process and the artistic effects, the arrangement of forms, the combination of color spots, and the traces of brush or spatula movements.

The energies conveyed by the artist can take on shades of blues, grays, but also more decisive, warm colors, all depending on the mood. The arrangement and combination of colorful spots are extremely important to Bogumiła Twardowska. Her paintings stand out with their excellent sense of color and subtle or intense color harmonies. The texture of all of Twardowska's paintings is varied, with thickly applied paint often embellished with spiral or circular drawings scratched all the way to the base like a relief ornament. The author possesses a valuable skill of synthesizing painterly detail.

Sometimes, her creative interest is focused on mountain landscapes. Her paintings depict specific places, but it is not realism that matters, rather an attempt to describe the atmosphere of the landscape and convey the elusive mood of these places, the specific energy each of them possesses. In her paintings, mountains appear in a general outline, described very succinctly, observed from a distance; during viewing, they turn into symbols, ideas of mountains, and even become a pretext for abstract representations. Light plays a role as a transmitter of emotions related to the aura of the place. It illuminates mountain spaces, blurring the contours of reality. These are some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes that are created today in the Karkonosze Mountains.

Joanna Mielech