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WŁADYSŁAW MIRECKI

Beach Hut areas under surveillance, 2009
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Beach Hut areas under surveillance, watercolour, 2009, 91 x 150 cms, £8,000.

This large watercolour by Władysław Mirecki is another example of his fascination for man’s contribution or would he say intrusion to the countryside, in this case the sea side.  As well as the ionic towering concrete block of luxury flats in the far distance of the painting, he observes all those prohibitions that we impose upon ourselves, such as: N0 CYCLING; BEACHHUT AREAS UNDER SURVEILLANCE supported by strong metal bars; the bright white painted parking line; concrete, tarmac, they must all go in.

At Frinton on Sea there are numerous forbidden fruits, some written some passed down through the generations for since Edwardian times Frinton has been a popular but rather exclusive coastal resort: no ice cream vans on the ‘greensward’ or promenade; no fish and chip shops in the town – one is allowed just inside what has always been called ‘The Gates’ that was the level crossing and demarcation of ‘posh’ Frinton and the wastes of land on the other side.  No pubs have been allowed on this hallowed ground until recently when one public house was installed in what was the hardware shop with its marvellous original green tiled frontage, hence the pub’s name ‘The Lock and Barrel’.  Definitely ‘no dogs’ – in a big way – not allowed at all on the beach during the long (hot?) summers – guide dogs exempt - fines for dog soiling, totally reasonable

Grand hotels of course are allowed although ‘The Grand’ is a nursing home now. There are avenues of large, expensive private houses and the town’s main thoroughfare to the sea front is lined with bijou shops to serve the population along with its two churches at the top.

All in all it is a most pleasant place to be, despite the rough waves of a more typical scene in early Spring, as depicted in Mirecki’s watercolour.

WŁADYSŁAW MIRECKI

1956 Born Chelmsford, Essex of Polish parentage.
He is self-taught, having painted all his life including his periods gaining his science degree, as an industrial designer and co-proprietor of Chappel Galleries (1986 - March 2010).

 
 
EXHIBITED
 
 
1988
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
1989
Epping Forest District Museum “Artists in Essex”
1989
Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliffe on Sea, Essex 31st Open Exhibition
1990
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
1991
Foyles Art Gallery, London
1992
Department of Transport art Competition, Mall Galleries, London
Deuxieme Salon Biennale de L’Aquarelle, Hirson, France (Chelmsford 1993)
Essex County Council, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Commission
1996
Chappel Galleries, Essex10th Anniverary Exhibition: Solo Exhibition
1997
Singer and Friedlander, Sunday Times Exhibition, London
Beecroft Art Gallery, Essex: Open Exhibition
1999 Jiangsu Provincial Art Gallery, Nanjing, China: Solo Exhibition
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
2002 Chappel Galleries, Essex Blyth Spirit “Walberswick Artists: 1880–2000”
2003
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
WH Pattersons, London Christmas Mixed Exhibition
2004
Royal Academy, London Summer Exhibition
WH Pattersons, London Christmas Mixed Exhibition
2006
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
2007
Royal Watercolour Society Open Competition, Bankside Gallery, London.
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London.
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries, London: Winner of the Edward Wesson Award.
Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliffe on Sea, Essex 49th Essex Open Exhibition: Awarded Prize and Shirley Robson Bowl for the best watercolour.
Chappel Galleries, Essex ‘Southwold, the East Coast’.
Sunday Times/Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander, London: 3rd Prize Winner, The Mall Galleries, London.
Lynn Painter-Stainers, London.
Chichester Open Art Exhibition, Chichester.
Royal West of England Academy 155th Autumn Exhibition, Bristol.
New English Art Club, The Mall Galleries, London.
2008
RWS/Sunday Times watercolour competition, Bankside Gallery, London
Lynn Painters-Stainers, London (third prize winner)
2009
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
Lynn Painter-Stainers, London
2010
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 198 Annual Exhibition, London
Eastern Open, King’s Lynn Arts Centre
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 23rd Year (2nd Prize Winner), Mall Galleries, London
Duncan Campbell Fine Art, London: Solo Exhibition
2011
Work on loan for opening of new branch of Handelsbanken, Colchester
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in association with Smith and Williamson: The Mall Galleries, London  
Discerning Eye Exhibition: The Mall Galleries, London 10-20 November
2012
Piers Feetham Gallery, London: Solo Exhibition
Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition, London
Chappel Galleries, Essex: Solo Exhibition
Norwich Castle Open Art Show
2013
Chelmsford Borough Museum: Two Man Exhibition with Paul Rumsey, 9th February to 21st April.
2013
Studio Eleven, Westcliff on Sea, Essex: ‘Kiss the Joy’ mixed exhibition.
2013
Royal Society of British Artists, Annual Exhibition: The Mall Galleries, London.
 
 
COLLECTIONS
 
 
1989
Essex County Council
1999
Jiangsu Province Art Museum, People’s Republic of China
Jiangsu Province Department of Culture, People’s Republic of China
2000, 09
Chelmsford Museums, Essex
2000
Ipswich Borough Council Museums & Galleries, Suffolk
2012
Colchester and Ipswich Museums (on behalf of Colchester Borough Council)
 
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
 
2000
February Edition, Jiangsu Art Monthly
April Edition, Artists & Illustrators Magazine
2003
A Walk in the Country – 32pp Monograph
2006
“Southwold: An Earthly Paradise” by Geoffrey Munn.
Władysław Mirecki at Fifty – 32pp Monograph.
BBC Television Programme: ‘Seven Man-made Wonders of the East’ interview about Chappel Viaduct, showing Mirecki’s paintings depicting the Viaduct.
2009
Jackdaw Magazine “Easel Words” May/June issue
The Artist Magazine, “Masterclass” November issue
Pratique des Arts magazine France, December issue
2010
Duncan Campbell exhibition brochure: Introduction by Andrew Lambirth, art critic of The Spectator.
2012
Jackdaw Magazine page 36: News 'That Beckam Tattoo'
'Closely Observed' Landscape - East Anglia and Beyond: Introduction by Andrew Wilton published by Piers Feetham Gallery, London.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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