THE IMAGINARY WORLD OF JERZY MARKIEWICZ (Jerzego Markiewicza swiat wyobrazony)
Jerzy Markiewicz (1928-2003) was an amateur artist and a self-taught professional. He studied in the Department of Farm Mechanization at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, but his passion for art predominated. Markiewicz was a greatly talented man of imagination, creative vigour, and special sensitivity. The author of ceramic bas-reliefs and figures with a synthetic, cohesive form and rounded surface, he also illustrated children's book, either his own or those by other authors, and carved decorative compositions made up of numerous small figures (The Circus, Noah's Arc). In about 1898 Markiewicz decided to concentrate on oil painting, producing fantastic depictions of people and animals in unreal landscapes. He also tested his skills as the author of posters and executed kinetic sculptures entitled Birds and Kites. His works were shown in Warsaw, Poznan, Sofia, Brno, London, Spain and Japan. As the editor of agricultural periodicals he often travelled all over Poland and always remained close to rural life, reflected in his oeuvre. In 1971-1972 Markiewicz designed a larch house in the village of Kikoly, built by highlanders from the Spisz region and roofers from the Suwalki region, and outfitted it with hand-made appliances, utensils, paintings and drawings. Suffering from a serious heart condition, he spent the last years of his life painting a frieze telling the story of the passage of time, and constructed a three-dimensional composition The Eye of Providence in six scenes.
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