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WLADYSLAW MIRECKI

Dead Christ with Three Angels - sometimes known as Pieta. 2008 21st Century Painting
(homage to Antonello da Messina)

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Pieta. Homage to Antonello da Messina’s Dead Christ with Three Angels

Dead Christ with Three Angels (homage to Antonello da Messina)
by Wladyslaw Mirecki
Watercolour 2008
140 x 86 cms

Notes by Wladyslaw Mirecki

I have developed a passion for devotional paintings of the Early Renaissance and stumbled across Antonello da Messia’s ‘Annunciation in Palermo.  Its vision of stillness and beauty held me captive.  In a book (see below) on the artist’s work I found the image (Dead Christ with Three Angels) cropped, damaged or unfinished - I could not discern from the Italian text and enquiries from the Museo Correr did not elicit response on this subject.  Besides, all dimensions quoted in various publications differed and the ratios didn’t square with the published image.  Also the omission of Christ’s feet gave a pictorial imbalance whilst losing the opportunity to show the wounds on his feet.

I modelled the feet on myself and a couple calling by (the gallery) helped with the hands.  The colouring of the Angels’ wings is based on A. da M.’s other works and their faces invented.  It was always going to be in watercolour as I could not pay full homage to A. da M. in a medium I was less competent in.  This never was intended as a copy.  To make it even more contemporary, I have given Christ body hair usually omitted from the older works.

Wladyslaw Mirecki 2008

WLADYSLAW 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.
Wladyslaw 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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