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An image of Columbine by Dušan Marek

Dušan Marek

(Australia 07 Mar 1926 – 09 Mar 1993)

Title
Columbine
Year
1973
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
charcoal on linen on plywood
Dimensions

113.0 x 92.5 cm board; 116.0 x 93.3 x 1.3 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "Dusan Marek 73".
Credit
Gift of James Agapitos and Ray Wilson 2002
Accession number
17.2002
Copyright
© AGNSW
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002

Bibliography (1)

Jill Sykes, Look, 'The Marek Brothers: Adding to the tale of two émigré artists', pg. 36-37, Newtown, Dec 2009-Jan 2010, 36 (colour illus.).