(Australia 07 Mar 1926 – 09 Mar 1993)
9.8 x 10.2 cm board
Marek was one of Australia's foremost surrealists, a painter, draughtsman, avant-garde film-maker and teacher. Czech-born he arrived in Australia with his wife Helena in 1948 and has lived and worked in New South Wales, South Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania. He was the subject of an AGNSW 'Project' exhibition 1975-76 and a critical inclusion in the National Gallery's exhibition 'Surrealism, Flight by Night' 1993 and its satellite touring component on Australian Surrealism.
Apart from his undoubted qualities as a painter, Marek was a gifted and sensitive draughtsman, his charcoal drawings are especially fine with references to the human figure and the organic nature of matter.
This drawing is a study for the painting 'Ego', 1953, also in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002
Jill Sykes, Look, 'The Marek Brothers: Adding to the tale of two émigré artists', pg. 36-37, Newtown, Dec 2009-Jan 2010, 37 (colour illus.).
Stephen Mould, The birth of love: Duŝan and Voitre Mareh, '5. Diverging paths, 1950s', pg. 36-39, South Australia, 2008, 72 (colour illus.). figure 90