POSK Gallery, 2012
Preview Sun 23 September 3-6pm
Open (daily) 24 September – 5 October 10am-9pm
This was the final UK exhibition of the work of this highly regarded Polish artist who spent most of his creative years from the end of the Second World War in London, and for the last thirty years of life lived in the Kentish seaside town of Margate.
Working in a wide range of media, Werner was often referred to as one of the most interesting Polish artists working in Britain.
Werner first made his name in the 1950s as a graphic artist with his dramatic woodcuts on biblical, mythic and genre themes and designs for book jackets – but his painting moved away from the representational into the abstract, emphasising sweeping movement with characteristic strength of form.
These properties were maintained by the artist through the decades from the 1960s, across a varied and exciting range of collages and sculptures in fired clay and fused glass, which evoke the energy of the geomorphic forms which stimulated the artist. This exhibition offered a ‘last chance’ for collectors in the UK to acquire work by this highly individual and interesting artist.
I was contacted to work on this show by Doreen Blow, an old friend of Werner's. It was a great pleasure to have her guide me through his late collage work, much of it previously unseen and created after a stroke forced Werner to adopt new ways of working.