About the movement

...he is the mentor, the originator, the founder and the leader of the group called the Emotionalists. The Emotionalists uncover all that is inside of us, very often hidden, barred, perfectly concealed, that is our deepest feelings. They let them speak and give us a chance to see our innermost emotions


Seldom on the art scene does an artist appear who sets new trends and creates new artistic movements. Lubomir Tomaszewski belongs to this small group. He was the person who in 1994 cooperating with the painter Aleksandra Nowak and the dancer Kathryn Kollar formed the group In tune with Nature. In time, more artists joined them and eventually a new international movement was established: it was called Emotionalism. Emotionalism is about a wealth of feelings and moods, about reaching deep into human experiences. Lubomir Tomaszewski is the ideological leader of this movement: he is a conscious and consistent leader who can see the connection between all art forms, such as painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, but also dance and music.

The Emotionalists create art consciously, both for themselves and the viewers. In their opinion the artist and the viewer being on both sides of the creative process have an equal right to experience, to feel, to be filled with emotions. At the same time, they perceive emotions not in terms of chaos or trembling, as one could imagine, but as a kind of order, a return to the laws of nature. They replace experiments with the natural truth. They do not believe in the quest for modernity at all costs, because they see it as a trap, sometimes leading to ridiculousness.


In an newspaper interview, Lubomir Tomaszewski as the founder of the Emotionalists explained: “In (…) the 20th century, there was general chaos in art. (…) When the idea of ‘art for art’ came about (…) the most important goal was lost. (…) art [became stripped of] what was the strongest and the best side of human activity – moods, feelings, and emotions. Works of art turned into banal jokes. (…) [ Most art] lost its own visual or plastic language and it began to require an outside philosophical-literary interpreter.”

The clear and straightforward message that Tomaszewski and the Emotionalists communicate is “Less show, more content”. The real worth has become highly valued again: the real worth meaning works of art created by people for people, works bringing tears to your eyes, making you laugh or stirring up your inner anxiety, works that remind you that the most important is the human being and his or her context, namely nature. Or maybe sometimes the human being constitutes the context for nature? Because very often nature and the forms created by nature are the most important points for the Emotionalists and for Lubomir Tomaszewski himself. Works of nature have contributed to the creation of many works of art. Nature acts first, later acts the human being. This is why we can find so many inspiring and extraordinary landscapes, pieces of wood, bark and tree roots in sculptures and paintings. To his or her surprise, the viewer often discovers how an inconspicuous fragment of a root found by the artist becomes meaningful in a sculpture, how important it becomes, how much emotion and energy it conveys, how much movement and space it imparts to the work of art.

The Emotionalists have exhibited their works in numerous places in the United States, France, Germany and Poland, including New York, Cambridge, Harvard, Nuremberg, Warsaw, Sandomierz, to name but a few.