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The Culvert 2008 - Wladyslaw Mirecki

The Culvert, Watercolour, 2008, 150 x 90 cms. £8,000

The Culvert, Colne Valley, Essex watercolour painting 2008 150 x 90 centimetres by Władysław Mirecki

Władysław Mirecki has had an enduring passion for the man made structure within the countryside.  Continuing from his many paintings of Chappel Viaduct, Mirecki set about scouring his neighbouring countryside for old culverts, being another form of brick built construction in connection with rivers and ditches.  The culvert depicted in this painting is situated in Wakes Colne across farm land in the Colne Valley, discovered after tramping across fields, after a storm.   

Earlier, in his watercolour career at Chappel Galleries he went hunting for stiles and footbridges that crossed ditches, many now on The Essex Way - The Margery Allingham Walk, around Chappel - and made from modern materials to new designs, see his watercolours: ‘Steps, Footbridge and Kissing Gate’ 2011 a modern construction contrasting with ‘The Stile’ 1998 built in the old traditional way.  At that time there was an Essex County Council officer of stiles and footpaths, Mr Bernard, for the villages around Chappel who regularly checked them out but this is probably a thing of the past.  ‘The Stile’ was bought from his Chappel Galleries solo exhibition 1998 by an American woman, living in London whose first Mirecki purchase was ‘Trees Against Stormy Sky’ (£850) from the Singer and Friedlander, Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition in London, 1997.

‘The Culvert’ was exhibited and a prize winner in the Lynn Painter-Stainers Exhibition 2008.

Wladyslaw Mirecki - Steps, footbridge and kissing gate
Steps, Footbridge and Kissing Gate, 2011
The Stile
The Stile, 1998


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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