LIDIA GROBLICKA was born in the eastern Polish town of Zółkiew, near Lwow, in 1933, and grew up in Krzemieniec (both now in Ukraine). The family fled the Soviet annexation of eastern Poland to Nowy Sącz, south of Krakow. As a young adult she studied at the Krakow Academy of Fine Art, from 1951-57, concentrating on the woodcut. She also studied painting and Polish folk art, the latter subject becoming inspirational for much of her later career. A number of the prints in this volume originate from her time in Poland, and they indicate the impact of the war, her attraction to Polish folk art in its various forms, and the preferred style of Social Realism under Soviet-occupied Poland after the war. Other images were produced when Lidia lived in London, from late 1957 until 1965, where she became re-acquainted with and married Tadeusz Groblicki. As a young mother and a Polish migrant with little English, she felt challenged and alienated. Her work began to change, partly out of homesickness and nostalgia. It became imbued with connections to the rich visual world of folk art in Poland, as she sought a more personal style. The family decided to migrate to Australia in 1965, and settled in Adelaide, where she consolidated her woodcut technique. Her art evolved further, incorporating more detail and pattern. Until her death, early in 2012, she had a celebrated and successful career as a relief printmaker and, during the 1970s, as a painter.
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).
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