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Exhibition of New Watercolours

Private View Saturday 5th January 2008 noon - 5.00pm
Wine served - All Works for Sale
Exibition Finishes Sunday 27th January 2008

Exhibition running concurrently with

EVELINE HASTINGS - An East Anglian Experience: Pastels and Paintings
(click here to link through to Eveline Hastings)


Where enquiries of prices are made on the gallery, the work is subject to availability and the price to change.

Oak's in Autumn 2007 58 x 187 cm




Birthdays may essentially be different from no other days, but at 50 any artist, writer or composer is entitled to pause and reflect on what has been achieved and what may yet be. Although at points during his life Władysław Mirecki may have felt unsure about his accomplishment and apprehensive about his future as a painter, as he surveys the walls of the Chappel Galleries on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday exhibition he need feel no such doubts. Mirecki is established as a highly technically accomplished watercolourist with a strong sense of place.

For Waj, as he is widely known, the way ahead has not always been obvious and chance has frequently dictated the route. Early auguries were good. Even as a very small child he demonstrated high intelligence and an awareness of the world around him that would be essential assets for an artist, skills put into good effect at secondary school. Unlike many potential artists, however, Mirecki in his teens remained undecided as to whether he should become a painter or, like his brothers, pursue a scientific career. It was a quandary that would bedevil his time at Kingston Polytechnic, Royal College of Art/Imperial College and various jobs. Not surprisingly, there were periods of depression well into his twenties.

A return to his roots at Chelmsford, part-time work at the railway museum at Chappel and Wakes Colne, the discovery of the emerging Chappel Galleries, marriage to Edna Battye their founder and her and Waj’s joint development of the space as an important centre for established and emerging artists – this all contributed to set Mirecki on course to become a serious painter. In the Colne Valley and specifically that miracle of Victorian engineering the Chappel viaduct which dominates the view from the gallery, Mirecki found his equivalent to John Constable’s Stour, Samuel Palmer’s Shoreham and Stanley Spencer’s Cookham. Appropriately, when a recent BBC television programme was made about singular features of East Anglia, Mirecki was asked to talk about the viaduct.

It features in his current exhibition, but recent years have shown that Mirecki’s horizons are not limited to it and that his work already has international appeal. A pleasing aspect of his last solo exhibition at the Chappel Galleries, in 2003, was a new group of works based on views of the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk coastlines. In 1999, he was invited to have a solo show at Jiangsu Provincial Art Gallery, in Nanjing, China, where it and the Jiangsu Province Department of Culture acquired his work and it received wide popular acclaim. What he saw there, and the constant interaction with artists showing at the Chappel Galleries have undoubtedly nourished his own work.

Fundamentally, however, Mirecki remains a selftaught, self-directed painter. Skills are often hard-won for such autodidacts. Among the benefits are that they develop as individuals, not mere clones of a one teacher or a straightjacket college tradition. Mirecki at 50 is very much his own man, and how he develops will be fascinating to observe.


Born Chelmsford, Essex 1956, of Polish parentage. He is self-taught, having painted all his life including his periods gaining his science degree, as an industrial designer and co-proprietor of Chappel Galleries.

New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
Epping Forest District Museum “Artists in Essex”
Southend on Sea 31st Open Exhibition (purchase by Essex County Council
Chappel Galleries Solo Exhibition


Foyles Art Gallery, London


Department of Transport Art Competition, Mall Galleries, London

Deuxième Salon Biennale de L’Aquarelle, Hirson, France (touring show Chelmsford 1993)
Essex County Council, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Commission, Essex
Solo Exhibition Chappel Galleries, 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Singer and Friedlander, Sunday Times Exhibition, London
Beecroft Art Gallery, Essex, Open Exhibition
1999 Solo Exhibition, Jiangsu Provincial Art Gallery Nanjing, People’s Republic of China. Work acquired by Jiangsu Provincial Art Gallery and Jiangsu Province Department of Culture. Solo exhibition, Chappel Galleries
2000 Work acquired by Chelmsford Museums, Essex and Ipswich Borough Museums, Suffolk
Blyth Spirit “Walberswick Artists 1880–2000”, Chappel Galleries
Chappel Galleries, solo exhibition WH Pattersons, London, Christmas mixed
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Dove Barn, Boxford, Suffolk WH Pattersons, London, Christmas mixed
Chappel Galleries, Solo Exhibition
Royal Watercolour Society Open Competition, Bankside Gallery, London
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries, London: Winner of the Edward Wesson Award.
Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliffe on Sea, Essex 49th Essex Open Exhibition: Awarded Prize and Shirley Robson Bowl for the best watercolour
Chappel Galleries, Essex ‘Southwold, the East Coast’
Sunday Times/Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander, London: 3rd Prize Winner, The Mall Galleries, London
Lynn Painter-Stainers, London
Chichester Open Art Exhibition, Chichester
Royal West of England Academy 155th Autumn Exhibition, Bristol
New English Art Club, The Mall Galleries, London
RWS/Sunday Times watercolour competition, Bankside Gallery, London
Lynn Painters-Stainers, London (short listed for Prize)
Essex County Council
Jiangsu Province Art Museum, People’s Republic of China
Jiangsu Province Department of Culture, People’s republic of China
Chelmsford Museums, Essex
Ipswich Borough Council Museums & Galleries, Suffolk
February Edition, Jiangsu Art Monthly
April Edition, Artists & Illustrators Magazine
A Walk in the Country – 32pp Monograph
Monograph to accompany Solo Exhibition Featured in “Southwold: An Earthly Paradise” by Geoffrey Munn, published by Antique Collectors Club
Władysław Mirecki at Fifty – 32pp Monograph
BBC Television Programme: ‘Seven Man-made Wonders of the East’ interview about Chappel Viaduct, showing Mirecki’s paintings depicting the Viaduct.




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