Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz

Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz in 1962

This site is dedicated to the creative work of the late Polish-Australian artist Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz (1918-1999). It shows a selection of paintings, works on paper, sculptures and murals, as well as material from plays he produced in Germany after World War Two and in Australia 1959-62.
Wlad was trained in Poland and Paris, was a partisan in World War Two, and fled to freedom ahead of the advancing Red Army in 1945. He spent four years in a Displaced Persons’ camp in Hohenfels, Bavaria, before migrating to Australia in 1949. He settled in Adelaide in 1950 and lived there until his death.

Photograph of Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz by Peter Medlen, 1962.

Uncredited photographs of paintings are by Graeme Hastwell.

  1. #1 by Janusz Zawadzki on May 9, 2018 - 12:50 pm

    I have a painting of your father that he gave my parents before they left Hohenfels. Apparently my parents (Henryk and Hanna Zawadzki) and Wladislaw were good friends and helped each other in the difficult early years in Hohenfels. They visited him in Australia in the 80’s or 90’s and obtained another painting from him. My mother said that at the time he appeared sick.
    The Hohenfels painting is in an impressionistic style that I haven’t seen in any of his other work.
    Would you like me to send you a picture of the painting?

    • #2 by A J Dutkiewicz on May 9, 2018 - 1:04 pm

      Hullo Janusz – That’s a great story to hear. There were a few Hohenfels’ survivors who lived in Adelaide but we don’t often hear from further afield.
      IT was true that my father was ill at that time. He did recover and had a productive last decade with better health, but he did die of lung cancer.
      I would love to see the painting. On last Saturday we opened an exhibition celebrating his 100th anniversary, in a regional gallery outside of Adelaide (Murray Bridge).
      Thanks very much for contacting me.
      BTW, I don’t think this website will be functioning much longer – I have amalgamated a few sites under the banner of The Dutkiewicz Archive – you may like to look that up. I found that having several sites about our family and art was too unwieldy, as I have a number of other sites I am involved in too.
      Best wishes
      Adam Dutkiewicz

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