Since my teenage years, I was fascinated by both; the composition of rocket fuels and the revealing quality of light. Consequently, during my 10 year study of chemistry, I expanded my initial interests applying medium of photography to art and science. In both fields, and as a student, I progressed to showing the results of my occupation beyond a national level. The art influenced the polarization of my sociopolitical views, and I landed in Canada with not much more that my education, wife, child and Geneva Convention passport. Here, I found the application for my creativity by starting, or co-developing, three businesses that created employment for many.
My return to art photography was an unintended consequence of my observations made in various environments of Ontario.
I see photography as a mirror of intent; it reflects the spectrum of reality picked by the conscious intention of a photographer. The medium became then the credible source of evidence documenting the evolution of both - the photographer’s perception and recorded by him realities. Simply said, it helps to understand things better. It is also more about the process rather than a point of arrival as realities get re-defined at all times. If my work engages an audience along the way, its contribution should not be measured by my attempt to define a single destination. That rests in the hands of each individual viewer.
My creative interest takes the form of evolving exhibition projects focused on two distinct themes. One is the ecology or the relationship between living organisms and their environment. I found it fascinating to compile the evidence of how the world ecology performs with its built-in capacity for self preservation.
The second focus in my work is social ecology, which I narrowed down to one city that copes with a host of issues. They are, among many others, massive de-industrialization, misguided urban planning, the protection of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, integration of multiple ethnic communities, a legacy of industrial pollution.
As I became convinced that the future of these people that I already know and care about depends on the outcome of an interaction between the urbanized and natural worlds, watching as it unfolds and collecting evidence of it is indeed the fascinating experience.
I use modern digital media informed by traditional photographic techniques, tools and practices learned from years spent in darkrooms during my academic and professional career. All stages of printing, finishing, and framing are done by me, using natural and water-based materials to faithfully portray my photographic subjects and to ensure the archival quality of my work.
Past Exhibitions - spec
2018 February An Aqueous Mind", exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
2015 May – Oct. “The Bruce & The Bay”, exhibition with Lorraine Roy, Circle Arts, Tobermory, Ontario
2015 January "Intermission", solo exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
2014-15 Nov. - Jan. “An Aqueous State”, exhibition, Art Gallery of Burlington
2014 July-Aug. "Ebb & Flow", exhibition, Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre, Niagara-on-the-Lake
2014 June Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
2013 May "Ebb & Flow", exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas
2013 April "Georgian Bay", exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener
2013 February The Artist Project 2013, Exhibition Place, Toronto
2012 Sept - Oct. "In Full View", exhibition at TAG Art Gallery, St. Catharines, ON
2012 March, The Artist Project Toronto 2012, Exhibition Place, Toronto
2011 May – June “Primal Encounters”, exhibition, Petroff Gallery, Toronto
2010 Nov-Jan. “Forces of Nature”, Juried Exhibition, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Branford, ON
2010 July-Sept Canadian Landscape Juried Exhibition, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden, ON
2010 Feb-March Janusz Wrobel & Floyd Elzinga, Petroff Gallery, Toronto
2010 March The Artist Project Toronto 2010
2010 January ”I Take My City Back” on-going art project launched at The Print Studio, Hamilton, Ontario.
2009 March The Artist Project Toronto 2009
2008 Aug/Sept. Three artist exhibition, Petroff Gallery South, 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto.
2008 August “Ontario Unbound Series", exhibition, Carriage House Gallery, Midland, Ontario.
2008 July Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
2008 June/July “Flow”, exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas.
2008 Janusz Wrobel & Lorraine Roy, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Ontario.
2007 “Naked and Unadorned” Carnegie Gallery, members exhibition.
2007 “Ontario Unbound” Janusz Wrobel, Jordan Art Gallery, Jordan, Ontario.
2006 “Sylvan Spirits”show, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario.
2005 Toronto Art Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
2004-5 “Satin and Steel”, Janusz Wrobel & Lorraine Roy at Rebecca Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario.
1972-76 “Format” Group exhibitions in Wroclaw, Warsaw, Brno, Geneva, Dresden, Kiev, World Triennial of Drawing 1974.
Past Gallery Representations
Davis Canadian Arts, Stratford, ON (2007 -17)
Circle Arts, Tobermory, ON (2016-17)
Main Street Gallery, Bayfield, ON (from 2011)
Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON (2007-18)
Petroff Gallery, Toronto, ON (2008-2013)