I show my work regularly in the UK and Europe.
I exhibited at NPG, RA, Hayward Gallery, Geffrye Museum, Aylesbury County Museum,Eton College, Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw just to name a few.
In 2018 I had my major retrospective at St John’s College in Oxford. I showed four decades of work.
In October 2021 I’m going to show my ‘lockdown’ pictures in a gallery in Warsaw.
I was born and educated in Poland, Warsaw and trained as an artist at the Slade School of Fine Art. I was fortunate to be taught by late Lucian Freud. Francis Bacon used to attend our legendary art history lectures and we often used to end up at the Colony Room in Soho.
We talked about art, literature, travels, philosophy till early hours and never missed a day at the studio the following morning. Working atmosphere at the Slade was amazing, so was the work made there by all of us.
I always worked from life and do so until now.
My work is about observation.
I’m interested in colour, space, form, shape and light. I’m a builder rather then an illustrator.
I like working in themes.
During lockdown I pained several pictures of my late mum who passed away in February 2020. Thinking about her with such intensity help me grief.
I paint portraits, interiors, still life and landscapes. Always from looking at things.
I work mainly in oils on canvas.
Number of years ago I started using my iPad as sketch book and made lots of iPad pictures. I was inspired by David Hackney’s show I saw at the RA.
Over the years I taught painting and drawing at schools, art schools and colleges including RCA. My star pupil was Henry Moore’s daughter Ann.
In the last six years I have been teaching watercolour painting on cruise ships.
It’s been amazing. I do what I love, I’m inspired by different places and I get to see the world.
Unfortunately pandemic took this life away from me.