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Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz

Australian Myth, 1953


oil on board

89.00 x 114.00

signed l.l. inscribed, titled and dated verso


Leonard Joel, 6/11/1985, lot 719; 
Private Collection, Melbourne, since then


Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz, New Gallery, Adelaide, September, 1953 (The exhibition was based on aboriginal themes)

Literature & references:

Nancy Benko, Art & Artists of South Australia, Lidums, 1969, see plate 37 for a related work;
see also 'Recluse, 1956', in the Newcastle City Art Gallery collection.


Brothers Wladyslaw and Ludwik Dutkiewicz were born in Poland and arrived in Australia in 1949, and settled in South Australia. The elder, Wladyslaw, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and further in Paris, and was taken prisoner by both the Nazis and Soviets during WWII.  He won the CAS Cornell prize in 1951 and 1955, and in 1956 shared the Adelaide Advertiser prize with Erica McGilchrist; his paintings were included in 'Recent Australian Painting' at Whitechapel Gallery, London 1961; 'Survey I', National Gallery of Victoria 1958; '50 Years of South Australian Art 1928-1978' 1978, 'Painting in SA Today' 1981 and 'Modern Being' 2017 at the AGSA; 'Cubism & Australian Art', MoMA, Heide in 2009; and 'Australian Artists from Ukraine' at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, 2015. He held restrospectives in Lidums Gallery 1974, Greenhill Galleries 1989, Royal SA Society of Arts South Australia 1993, 2005 and 2019, and Murray Bridge Regional Gallery in 2018.

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