pictures (2014) courtesy of Sophie Lepetit
Tyrawie Woloskiej (Tyrawa Woloska) is a small community in the south of Poland, not far from the border with Ukraine. It is known from Quo Vadis, an exhibition of numerous wooden sculptures in the garden of a private house
Boguslawa Iwanoskiego (Boguslav Ivanovski), who created this art environment, was born in 1934 in Dorhun (district Grodno), a community that currently is part of Belarus but which before World War II belonged to Poland.
The shift of the border between Poland and Belarus, which took place after World War II, resulted in the russification of Ivanovski’s birthplace, such as collectivisation of agriculture. Opposition of villagers was brutally oppressed, Ivanovski’s father was imprisoned, his brother was executed and he himself, although rather young was deported to Russia, where he for a number of years had to work in a labor camp.
In later years while still staying in Russia, he succeeded in doing a training as a car mechanic.
Ín the early 1960’s Ivanovski returned to Poland. In 1961 he settled in Szczecin, a harbour town located along the Oder river and near the Baltic Sea in the north of the country. He got a job as a service technician at the local public transport company.
A career as folk artist
In the course of the 1960’s Ivanovski as an amateur artist began to develop his artistic talent, initially in the fields of poetry and painting, but soon turning to making wooden sculptures, which would become his lifelong passion.
He became a member of the Klubu Plastyków-Amatorów i Twórców Ludowych (Club of amateur painters and folk artists) that would meet in the provincial House of Culture. He took part in various expositions, including one in the context of the in Poland well known Centralne Dożynki (Central Harvest Festival).
In 1986 Ivanovski moved from Szczecin to Tyrawa Woloska, a village that reminded him very much of his native region.
Here he would stay for the rest of his life, fully devoting himself to making wooden sculptures and setting up an open-air exhibition area.
But one can also see characters derived from fairy tales and all kinds of portrayals of common people, such as the one of a young lady with a cat in her arms.
* Article by Wieslaw Hop on weblog Opowiadania współczesne (Contemporary stories), june 12, 2016 (with a variety of pictures)
* Website of Tyrawa Woloska with a page devoted to Ivanovski and the sculpture garden
* Article on weblog Na Pogórzu (Foothills) october 2013 (illustrated)
* French author of a weblog about french outsider art and art environments Sophie Lepetit in 2014 made a trip to Poland and published a large series of pictures of the Quo Vadis sculpture garden on her weblog
Quo Vadis sculpture garden
Tyrawie Wołoskiej (Tyrawa Woloska) 38-535
Podkarpackie voivodeship, Poland
can be visited by the public