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Jerzy Michalski

A master of perspective and atmospheric light.


Trained in the Polish academic tradition, Jerzy has been living and painting in Tasmania for the last 21 years, a very different world from the Europe he left behind. He is a master of perspective and atmospheric light, of form and colour; his paintings address themes based on memory and reflection of the past.

Jerzy has had a varied work life. Originally trained as a Forester, but always wanting to draw and paint. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, now the University of Arts in Poznań, Poland, he not only became a lecturer, and then Professor there, but also spent time restoring Baroque churches.

Often he would be working from high scaffolds, where he had the opportunity not only to observe uncommon perspective, but also the interaction of light, colour, space and form in an architectural setting as well as participate in the restoration. His Baroque and Rococo gilding restoration skills now find expression in his gold and silver panels and frame edges.

Drawing on his training and profession as an artist in Poland, Jerzy has created a first class reputation in both Europe and Australia. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in France, Belgium, Poland and Germany as well as in leading Australian galleries.

During his student days life Jerzy was influenced by ‘High Pop Art’ and Avant-garde European and Russian films, the ‘New Wave’ movies of the 1960s and 70s; all of which were full of hidden meanings. Jerzy has inherited much from these European and Russian filmmakers and from surrealist painters he admires. A taste for mystery and a belief that the art work should not simply represent the external world but should also suggest states of mind. He considers himself a passenger on the train of life which has literally and figuratively gone to many places and allowed many experiences.


1992 Offered Australian Residency As A Distinguished Painter
1991 Associated Professor In Fine Arts (Painting)
1985 PhD Fine Arts (Painting)
1977 Graduates At The Faculty Of Painting, Graphic Art And Sculpture (Dist.) At Academy Of Fine Art,
Poznan, Poland.
Master Degree In Fine Arts-Painting And Graphic Art, Teaching Position (Drawing) At The Academy

2015 Interiors, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2014 Silent City, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2013 The Studio, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2012 New Works, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Realist Paintings Soho Galleries, Sydney
2011 Colours Colville Gallery, Hobart
2010 Entry Soho Gallery, Sydney
Recent Paintings, Chapman Gallery, Canberra.
2009 Past Glory The Salamanca Collection Gallery, Hobart
Empty Art Images Gallery, Adelaide
2008 Check Point Chapman Gallery , Canberra
2007 Realist Paintings Soho Galleries, Sydney
Cities Delshan Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Windows The Salamanca Collection Gallery, Hobart
Past Recalled Chapman Gallery , Canberra
2005 Studies And Sketches The Salamanca Collection Gallery, Hobart
Return Maria Perides Gallery , Brisbane
Soho Galleries, Sydney
2004 Light The Salamanca Collection Gallery, Hobart
Journey Maria Perides Gallery , Brisbane
2003 Metropolis Chapman Gallery , Canberra
Soho Galleries, Sydney
2001 Passage Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2000 Heat Soho Galleries, Sydney
Shine Despard Gallery, Hobart
1999 Blue Street Chapman Gallery, Canberra
Maze Michel Sourgnes Fine Arts, Brisbane
1998 The City Despard Gallery, Hobart
1997 Places Chapman Gallery, Canberra,
Michel Sourgnes Fine Arts, Brisbane
1996 Dreamer Gallery Two, Launceston
1995 Nostalgia Chapman Gallery , Canberra
The Web Of Magic Solander Gallery , Canberra
1994 Private Movie Galerie Dart Kaya , Bruxelles, Belgium
1993 Sal On Des Arts Gallery In Novotel Baysi De, Melbourne
Private Movie Part Ii And Iii Swing Bridge Ar tGallery Dunalley, Tasmania
1992 Quarter To Four Swing Bridge Art Gallery, Tasmania
1991 Raumbilder Ehemaligen Synagogue, Hemsbach, Germany
Interiors Gallerie Dart Kaya , Bruxelles, Belgium
Des Paysages Francais Gallerie Les Ateliers, Paris, France
Bwa Arsenal Gallery Poznan, Poland
1989 Wattletree Gallery, Melbourne
1987 Bwa Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland
1980 Nova Gallery, Poznan, Poland
1978 Museum Of Gorzow, Poland

2012 Mosman Art Prize, Sydney Alan Gamble Memorial Art Prize Winner
2011 6th Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Colville Gallery, Hobart.
Letherbridge 10 000 Small Art Award, Letherbridge Gallery, Brisbane
Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart
2010 5th Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Colville Gallery, Hobart.
2009 Summer Eclectic Exhibition The Salamanca Collection, Hobart
Cigar Boxes Artefacts Gallery, Deloraine
2008 10 Years Of Artifact Gallery Deloraine, Tasmania
Summer Eclectic Exhibition The Salamanca Collection, Hobart
Winter Eclectic Exhibition Music The Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2007 Art Sydney Sydneys Premier Art Fair,
Tasmanian Craft Fair Exhibition Artifact Gallery, Deloraine, Tasmania
2006 The Winnowing Of The Grain – Red Wall Gallery, Hobart
The 10th Festival Of Polish Visual And Performing Arts
Abode Exhibition Bond Store, The Tasmanian Museum And Art Gallery, Hobart
2005 Artifact In November Artifact Gallery, Deloraine
2004 The 9th Festival Of Polish Visual And Performing Arts, Parliament House – Sydney, Argyle Stores Gallery -Sydney
2003 Tasmania Craft Fair Deloraine Tasmania, The Fringe
Exhibition, Artifact Gallery, Deloraine
Island Art Prize, Stanley – Tasmania
Urban Realism Soho Galleries, Sydney
2002 Artsingapore The Contemporary Asian Art Fair, With Soho Galleries – Sydney
Australian Contemporary Art In Singapore, Australian High Commission Acaf
Melbourne Art Fair, With Despard Gallery – Hobart
We Are Australian Touring Exhibition, Switchback Gallery
Monash University, The Immigration Museum – Melbourne
Gordon Gallery, Gordon Institute Of Tafe, Geelong
2000 Melbourne, With Despard Gallery -Hobart
We Are Australian Touring Exhibition, Volvo Gallery Sydney, Adelaide Festival Centre, Canberra Museum, Hamilton Art Gallery
The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre Melbourne
1998 Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Melbourne
Festival Of Polish Visual Arts, National Gallery Of Victoria – Melbourne
1996 Homage To Masaccio University Of Tasmania, – Hobart
Daniel Chodowiecki Stiftung, Drawing Prize, Kunst
Academie, Berlin, Germany
Fifth Australian Art Fair, With Gallery Two Launceston, Melbourne
1992 Chair Indulgence Salon Des Arts And Craft, Melbourne
1986 Polish Contemporary Painting Festival, Szczecin, Zamek, Poland
1985 Metaphor In Polish Painting Museum And Art Gallery, Koszalin Poland
1984 New Realism In Polish Art Schwedt Kunsthalle – Germany
1983 Young Artists From Poznan Museum Of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
1981 Fantasy And Metaphor Touring Exhibition, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria
1980 Bwa Arsenal, City Gallery, Poznan, – Poland
1978 International Triennial Of Drawings, Wroclaw, Poland
Young Figuration From Poznan To Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2012 Mosman Art Prize, Sydney Alan Gamble Memorial Art Prize Winner
2003 Highly Commended, Island Art Prize, Stanley, Tasmania
1996 Highly Commended, Circular Head Arts Festival, Tasmania
1994 Highly Commended, Trust Bank Tasmania Art Award
1985 Fellowship, Polish Council For The Arts
1980 Award, Spychalski Prize Exhibition, Poznan, Poland Painting
1979 Fellowship, Polish Council For The Arts
1978 Award, Wroniecki Prize Exhibition, Poznan, Poland
Prints /- Award, Wroniecki Prize Exhibition, Poznan, Poland / Drawing
Award, Attitudes Krakow Prize Exhibition, Poland Painting
1977 Scholarship Polish Council For The Arts

1996 Udo Ditter Gmhb & Co, Germany
1995 Aust-Netherlands Chamber Of Commerce, Tasmania
1994 Executive Relocation South-East Asia, Melbourne
Celebrate Tasmania Committee
1993 Tasmanian Of The Year Committee
1989 Endo Japan, Melbourne Office
1988 Blackburn & Lockwood, Melbourne
1982 Museum Of Polish Army Portrait Of Gen.Kutrzeba,
September 1939 Pictures

1988-91 Frescos Reconstruction In Baroque Church, Boleslawow Poland
1986-87 Sculptures In The Baroque Church, Boleslawow Poland
1985 Presbytery Of The Baroque Church, Gieraltow Poland
1982-84 Interiors. Frescos, Sculptures And Pictures Of Baroque Church And Cloister, Hory Niec Poland

Lexicon Of Polish Artists Polish Academy Of Science 1978-94
Fine Arts In Poznan, Publishing House 1987
Poznan- Academy Of Fine Arts Publication 1989
The Mercury -Davies Bros.Ltd March 93/ Nov 94/ Dec 95/ Aug 98/ Sep 2000/ Dec 2001/ Sep 2004
Arts, Antiques, Auctions-Bruxelles Dec 1993
Ideart News Paris Jan 1994
The Bulletin News Weekly Bruxelles Dec 1993
Artlink Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly Vol.14, No.1, 1994
Art & Business_Poznan Poland, Jan 1994
The Canberra Times Feb 95/ June 95/ July 97/ Sep 99/ July 2001/ Oct 2003
Whos Who Of Australian Visual Artists Thorpe Second Edition.
Craft Arts International, Issue 38, Oct 96
The Courier Mail, August 97
The Review Brisbane, Sep 97
National Gallery Of Victoria Exhibition Program 97/98
Australian Art Collector, Issue 3-21; 24, 25, 28, 29, 32
Latarnik Polish Tv Arts Program 98, 99
The Dictionary Of Biography Polonia, Pwn, Poland 2000
Jerzy Michalski The Artist Film Doc.
Independent Production By Roman Liszka Gorzow Poland 2000
Brisbane News May 26, 2004
Antipodes New York June 26, 2004
4rph Radio Brisbane – Interview By Brenda Gale June 2005

ANU Collection Canberra;
Parliament House Collection Canberra;
The Tamar Collection Launceston;
Rolf Ditter Collection Haslach, Germany;
Academy Of Fine Arts Poznan, Poland;
Department For Education And The Arts, Warsaw, Poland;
National Museum And Art Gallery , Gdansk, Poland;
Silesia Museum And Art Gallery , Katowice, Poland;
Museum And Art Gallery , Koszalin, Poland;
Museum And Art Gallery Radom, Poland;
National Museum, Plovdiv, Bulgaria;
City Art Gallery Poznan, Poland;
City Art Gallery, Leszno, Poland;
City Gallery, Konin, Poland
City Art Gallery, Bielsko Biala, Poland
Private Collections in USA, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Bolivia

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Garden Path, a painting by Zsuzsa Kollo, 2010
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