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"Jerzy Puciata (1933–2014)"

We recommend our exhibition featuring the legacy of the artistic pursuits and personal life of Jerzy Puciata. According to the last will of this artist, who died last year, his belongings were partly purchased by the Regional Museum and partly donated by his family.

Jerzy Puciata was educated in the studios of Tymon Niesiołowski and Stanisław Borysowski at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He graduated in 1958 and moved to Bydgoszcz the following year. He specialized in easel painting, monumental painting, graphic design and exhibition design. He collaborated with design offices, engaged in social activism and organized cultural events. In 1958 he joined the Association of Polish Artists and Designers (Związek Polskich Artystów Plastyków, ZPAP) where in the years 1963–1966 he served as the secretary of the Management Board of the Bydgoszcz Regional Chapter, and in 1967–1975 and 1979–1980 he was President of the Chapter Board. In 1980 he was appointed President of the Main Board of ZPAP, a function he performed until 1989 (working underground for the last six years, after the association was outlawed). In 2002 he received the title of Honorary President of ZPAP. In the years 1981–1989 he was actively involved in the opposition movement, both in its artistic and social aspect. During his lifetime, Jerzy Puciata took part in nearly 200 exhibitions: solo, thematic, local and outdoor, in Poland as well as abroad. During the martial law period, he participated in shows organized in churches in Warsaw, Gdańsk and Bydgoszcz. He was granted numerous artistic awards and state decorations, while his works can be found in many museums and private collections in Poland and abroad.

The paintings by Jerzy Puciata are characterized by a simplicity of form, with gesture and substance as the dominant means of expression. The works document the artist's explorations in the field of colour and space in painting and the problem of light in its structural and symbolic role. The art of Jerzy Puciata grew out of his everyday experience and fascination with nature. In the early 1980s his work underwent a major shift, moving from purely sensual values to intellectual reflections on the metaphysical meaning of existence, the shape of the surrounding world, the nature of light, and on hope and freedom. In his final years, he used worldly artistic means to give voice to that which transcends the material world: sanctity.

In addition to paintings, the exhibition includes items from the artist's studio and selected documents and books from his collection.


Designed: Jimpenny / Programmed: FreshData