This book is a companion volume in the biography of Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz, painter, sculptor, writer, actor, stage designer and theatre director. It complements A Matter of Mind: An Introduction to the Art of Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz (1918-1999), published by Moon Arrow Press in 2006.
This volume presents a numerous artworks in colour not provided before; a range of images selected from sketchbooks found subsequent to the previous publication, dating from the start of World War Two; and other graphics and documentary photographs from the artist’s extraordinary archive.
Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz: A Partisan for Art reveals the battles the artist fought as a Polish partisan and as a leader of the Displaced Persons’ camp in Bavaria, where he found himself after the war; the story of his migration to Australia; battles in the minefields of Australian art and his confrontation with the hugely conservative art world of Adelaide in the 1950s. It chronicles the extraordinary range of his artistic output in painting, sculpture, public art and on the stage, as actor and producer, and as an actor for Crawford Productions’ television dramas in the late 1960s.
Dr. Adam Jan Dutkiewicz was born in Adelaide in 1956. In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship by the University of South Australia to undertake a doctoral degree at the South Australian School of Art in visual art history and theory. From June 1992 until November 2005 he worked as art critic for The Advertiser newspaper and has also worked as a freelance critic and writer for Business Review Weekly and Art Monthly Australia online and The Independent Weekly. He is the contributing author for the monograph Franz Kempf: Thinking on paper (2002) ; co-author of Alexander Sadlo: Experimental Journey - An Artist in Three Countries (2007) and Malcolm Carbins: Silent Depths (2010); and author of Mervyn Smith: Watercolours (2004); A Matter of Mind: an Introduction to the Art of Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz (1918-1999) (2006); Brian Claridge: Architect of Light and Space (2010); Ludwik Dutkiewicz: Adventures in Art (2009), and Lidia Groblicka: Suburban Iconographer (2010).