The show celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Emotionalists, the group of like-minded artists whose work in different media reflects human emotions ranging from love and extreme elation to melancholy, anger and sadness. The Emotionalists’ styles vary from pure abstraction to classical realism. The group was founded in 1994 by renowned sculptor, nestor of the Polish School of Industrial Design, and professor emeritus at Bridgeport University, Lubomir Tomaszewski. The group has as its mission the return to the natural language of expression in art and seeks to awaken deep emotions in the viewer.
The group's members are photographers, painters, illustrators and graphic artists who live in the USA and in Europe. Many of them were born in Poland.
The Emotionalists have had many exhibitions in the USA, Germany, Denmark, France, and Poland.
The curator of the show and the exhibiting artist, Beata Szpura, teaches painting and drawing at Queensborough Community College.
"We are not interested in having only one common style. In fact, the truth is that we love having diversity in both style and philosophy, as long as the primary purpose of the group is visible in the works. And that purpose is quite simply to find art that resonates naturally and deeply within the viewer, observer or listener. (…) What unites us is our belief in the innate nobility of art. This ideal is difficult to achieve, because how can something so subjective and elusive be empirically defined? Yet how can we, as artists, strive for anything less?"