Official Release of Photographs by Stanley Twardowicz of Jack Kerouac: "Stashou and Yashou"

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This year marks two significant milestones in the career of Stanley Twardowicz, an artist whose contributions to American art have spanned an impressive seven decades: The first is his retirement as an Abstract Expressionist painter; the second is the long-awaited release of Stashou and Yashou – a portfolio named for those great friends on both sides of the camera, Twardowicz (Stashou) and Jack Kerouac (Yashou). Stashou and Yashou marks the first official release of photographs taken by Twardowicz of Kerouac in his Lowell, Massachusetts home during the month of June, 1967.

Time has revealed, that an impromptu and spirited five-minute session of photographs would indeed become recognized as a historic moment in the unconditional friendship that existed between Stanley Twardowicz and Jack Kerouac.

On February 18th, 2006, TheDeepArchives Inc. will officially release a Special Limited Edition Portfolio conceived and produced by Paul Kowalchuk: STASHOU and YASHOU—a Photographic Art Portfolio paying special tribute to an unparalleled friendship between American Abstract Expressionist Painter and Photographer, STANLEY TWARDOWICZ, and the “King of the Beats,” JACK KEROUAC.

Already recognized for its artistic merit, STASHOU and YASHOU has been selected by Kate Kelly, Director/Curator for the prestigious Art League of Long Island (ALLI), and co-curator, Nancy Olivier, to be included in the exhibition “On Paper/Of Paper,”, which opens on Saturday, Februry18th with an opening reception on Sunday the 19th, 2-5pm at the Art League of Long Island—Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, 107 East Deer Park Rd., in Dix Hills, New York.

The portfolio is imaginatively designed by Lillian Dodson, whose contributions as a Potter, Sculptor, Painter, and Fine Arts Craftsperson have earned her a reputation as a distinguished and well-respected artist. The portfolio also contains a poignant essay written expressly for this release by noted Kerouac expert, Gerald Nicosia. STASHOU and YASHOU also features a hand-selected original Moving Color painting by Mr. Twardowicz—the artist Kerouac once said “paints with kissing colors.” The portfolio is limited to a signed edition of 250 copies, five (5) press proofs, and five (5) copies reserved for institutional benefaction, and has been entirely handcrafted by Amanda Thackray, a talented and gifted artist who specializes in the art of book making.

Paul Kowalchuk, who conceived and produced STASHOU and YASHOU, states that the portrait photographs taken by Twardowicz “contain a powerful irony.” Said Kowalchuk, “the impromptu session was the first time [in years of friendship] the photographer turned his lens on the Beat poet, and on that same day, was the last time Stanley saw Jack alive.” The portfolio also celebrates Twardowicz’s career as a fine art photographer whose portraits, landscapes, and abstract photographs are found in many private, and significant institutional collections—Edward Steichen selected six of Twardowicz’s photos for the Museum of Modern Art’s (MOMA) permanent collection.

Born in 1917, Twardowicz’s career as a painter began some 65 years ago in Detroit, Michigan. Frequent solo exhibits during the late1940’s and early 1950’s, and a teaching position at Ohio State University, kept Twardowicz busy until relocating, in 1952, to Plainfield, NJ. In early 1953, Twardowicz began frequenting the Cedar Tavern in NYC. It is here where Twardowicz befriended fellow artists such as Franz Kline, Jackson Pollack, Matsumi Kanemitsu, and where he became first acquainted with Jack Kerouac. Twardowicz’s accomplishments as painter gained national attention, when in 1956, the artist received a Guggenheim Fellowship and made the cover for Art in America Magazine in 1958. In short, Twardowicz’s work resides in the permanent collections of the MOMA, The Hirshhorn Museum, Newark Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Heckscher Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, etc., and is found in many institutional, corporate, and private collections. In 2001, Twardowicz was given his second museum retrospective at the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; the first was at the Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY, 1974.

Due to the limited quantity of such an edition, the portfolio is exclusively sold through TheDeepArchives event webpage: Due to pre-release demand, reservations for each portfolio are recommended and can be secured by calling TheDeepArchives Gallery at 973.786.6360.

TheDeepArchives also wishes to congratulate Stanley Twardowicz and Lillian Dodson on their 35th wedding anniversary this coming March, 2006.

For more information about the Portfolio please contact Paul Kowalchuk

TheDeepArchives Inc. (973) 786-6360

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