Marek Wilinski is charming and so is his vibrant art. This painter works throughout the night in the quiet to produce acrylic on canvas ‘stories’ that tell of his European roots and how they connect with his adopted homeland Australia.
“We came to Australia in 1981 and I really believe that if we hadn’t migrated from Poland I would have never painted. I told my wife then that I was going to paint full time. And so, I did”, he says.
Marek has no formal training bar working hard at developing his craft. He’s been painting for 25 years, works 10 hours a day, and makes his gesso, stretches his own canvas and experiments with colour, form and texture to produce work that speaks from the heart with visual eccentricity. He also travels widely which is represented in his eclectic body of work including figurative, landscape and still life explorations.
These days his paintings hang in collections throughout Australia and Poland.
“I have two souls when I paint. One for me and one for others. They are both valuable and valid. Painting is hard because you need to choose and it’s about timing. It’s a physical involvement. My work was viewed in an advertising campaign for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. That changed everything”, he explains.
Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza opens its doors to Marek’s Europe from Saturday June 3 onwards. This show includes large acrylic snapshots of European landscapes seen through windows which are framed by wooden shutters and evoke a distinctly ‘on the continent’ sensibility.
Come explore Marek’s view of Europe at the ever evolving Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza where art astounds and ignites.
MANYUNG GALLERY MOUNT ELIZA
60 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza
MANYUNG GALLERY GROUP
Mount Eliza. Sorrento. Malvern
T: 9787 2953