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Holme Valley, Yorkshire, looking SW from Digley reservoir, 2011
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Holme Valley, Yorkshire, watercolour, 2011, 100 x 150 cms, £12,000.
This painting was exhibited March-April 2012: Lynn Painter-Stainers Exhibition Mall Galleries, London;
W.H. Patterson Gallery - Exhibition Albermarle Street, City of Westminster, London.

Władysław Mirecki Holme Valley, Yorkshire looking SW from Digley reservoir watercolour painting 2011.

Władysław Mirecki has been co-proprietor of Chappel Galleries since 1986.  His wife Edna Mirecka whose maiden name is Battye has descended from the Battye family of the Ancient Graveship of Holme since 1545.  Her direct forbear John Battye (1738-1815) was Bailiff of Scholes who with two others in the family held the position of Bailiff of Scholes for almost one hundred years.  A further, recent private publication about the family has been published by John H Battye another descendant, in Canada.

In the August of 2008 Władysław (Waj) and Edna travelled by bus and train to spend several days in the Holme Valley region to investigate Edna’s forebears.  It was an extended trip after the opening of the Roderic Barrett exhibition at Cartwright Hall, Bradford, curated by Edna.  They lodged in a b&b in Upperthong Lane, some years later to find that it was Upperthong which was a key place where Battye families had lived.

They visited Holme, Holmfirth and Scholes, with hair raising bus travel up and down the valleys.  Holme Valley is very beautiful; they made the made the circular walk around the large Digley reservoir with its stunning views all around and it was a spot looking to the South West (Map reference: Ordnance Survey Landranger number 110 grid ref 105.075) which inspired Mirecki to paint this large watercolour measuring 100 x 150 centimetres in 2011.  He hopes he has been able to do justice to it.  The painting was hung in the Lynn Painter-Stainers exhibition in London in 2012.


1956 Born Chelmsford, Essex 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 (1986 - March 2010).

New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
Epping Forest District Museum “Artists in Essex”
Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliffe on Sea, Essex 31st Open Exhibition
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
Foyles Art Gallery, London
Department of Transport art Competition, Mall Galleries, London
Deuxieme Salon Biennale de L’Aquarelle, Hirson, France (Chelmsford 1993)
Essex County Council, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Commission
Chappel Galleries, Essex10th Anniverary Exhibition: Solo Exhibition
Singer and Friedlander, Sunday Times Exhibition, London
Beecroft Art Gallery, Essex: Open Exhibition
1999 Jiangsu Provincial Art Gallery, Nanjing, China: Solo Exhibition
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
2002 Chappel Galleries, Essex Blyth Spirit “Walberswick Artists: 1880–2000”
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
WH Pattersons, London Christmas Mixed Exhibition
Royal Academy, London Summer Exhibition
WH Pattersons, London Christmas Mixed Exhibition
Chappel Galleries, Essex 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 (third prize winner)
Chappel Galleries, Essex Solo Exhibition
Lynn Painter-Stainers, London
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 198 Annual Exhibition, London
Eastern Open, King’s Lynn Arts Centre
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 23rd Year (2nd Prize Winner), Mall Galleries, London
Duncan Campbell Fine Art, London: Solo Exhibition
Work on loan for opening of new branch of Handelsbanken, Colchester
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in association with Smith and Williamson: The Mall Galleries, London  
Discerning Eye Exhibition: The Mall Galleries, London 10-20 November
Piers Feetham Gallery, London: Solo Exhibition
Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition, London
Chappel Galleries, Essex: Solo Exhibition
Norwich Castle Open Art Show
Chelmsford Borough Museum: Two Man Exhibition with Paul Rumsey, 9th February to 21st April.
Studio Eleven, Westcliff on Sea, Essex: ‘Kiss the Joy’ mixed exhibition.
Royal Society of British Artists, Annual Exhibition: The Mall Galleries, London.
Essex County Council
Jiangsu Province Art Museum, People’s Republic of China
Jiangsu Province Department of Culture, People’s Republic of China
2000, 09
Chelmsford Museums, Essex
Ipswich Borough Council Museums & Galleries, Suffolk
Colchester and Ipswich Museums (on behalf of Colchester Borough Council)
February Edition, Jiangsu Art Monthly
April Edition, Artists & Illustrators Magazine
A Walk in the Country – 32pp Monograph
“Southwold: An Earthly Paradise” by Geoffrey Munn.
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.
Jackdaw Magazine “Easel Words” May/June issue
The Artist Magazine, “Masterclass” November issue
Pratique des Arts magazine France, December issue
Duncan Campbell exhibition brochure: Introduction by Andrew Lambirth, art critic of The Spectator.
Jackdaw Magazine page 36: News 'That Beckam Tattoo'
'Closely Observed' Landscape - East Anglia and Beyond: Introduction by Andrew Wilton published by Piers Feetham Gallery, London.


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