Henryk Szydlowski

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Henryk Szydlowski was born in Poland in 1950.  During the mid to late 1960’s Szydlowski attended the High School of Fine Arts in Jaroslaw, Poland.  It was not until 1976 that Szydlowski completed his stringent art training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow attaining a Masters of Fine Arts Degree.
Szydlowski emigrated to New Zealand during the late 1970’s.  Whilst living in New Zealand Szydlowski lectured at the Whitcliffe Art School and exhibited his art in New Zealand and Australia.  In 1982 Szydlowski gained worldwide recognition by artists and critics for developing a new printing technique, which he named Polprint (Polish Print).
During the mide 1980’s, Szydlowski emigrated to Australia. Szydlowski lectured at the Claremont School of Fine Arts and in 1994 became a full time artist.  Since 1976, Szydlowski has exhibited in over 85 solo exhibitions and over 30 group exhibitions.
In 1996 and 2000 Szydlowski’s art was featured in a Collection Stamp Release.  On both occasions, the tribute was paid the Who’s Who in International Art, Lausanne, Switzerland.  In Italy 1998 Szydlowski was honoured as he was officially given the title of ‘Professor Henryk Szydlowski’ by the Accademia Internazionale Greci Marino  Acccademia Del Verbano, Di Lettere, Art, Science, Vercelli.
In 2003 Henryk Szydlowski published his first book title ‘Door to the Dreams.’  The book is part of the Masters of Today series published by World of Art.  The book features over 90 colourful pages of various oil paintings on canvas, created by Szydlowski since the early 1990’s.
Henryk Szydlowski is a painter who is extremely difficult to link to any particular artistic direction or style - he describes himself as a ‘Credo Artist.’  He is a painter who delivers decorativeness in form and colour, expressed in conjunction with elementary symbolism in drawing.  He places powerful emphasis on composition in his works.  Henryk Szydlowski has a deep passion for painting and one of the greatest rewards for him is that it makes people happy.
Henryk Szydlowski’s works can be found in private, corporate and government collections in Austria, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, USA and the Vatican.

Artist’s Statement

 

All my paintings illustrate a story. My titles present a sense of direction to the public and furthermore encourage the public to utilize their imagination. The titles have been adopted in order to trigger a relationship between the painting and the public. I decide a painting is completed on the basis that it has good composition, there is a relationship between colors, shapes and rhythm, and the paintings themselves are telling a story. The most important moment and most professional question is “when is it time to finish a painting”. In my opinion it is very meaningful to make people happy. I want to shock people, not through ugliness but through beauty. I wish to offer people a gate to another world where they can escape all their troubles and enter into a world of happiness, excitement and have a feeling of well being. I have not focused my paintings in the area of traditional art but more in the area of modern art. I am different to other artists and this is what occasionally gives me the feeling of being an outsider. Although I perceive myself as being an outsider at times, I do believe that my paintings are of an excellent quality. Before the commencement of a painting I can envisage approximately eighty percent. The other twenty percent is determined in the final stages of the painting. This twenty percent is where I have the freedom to improvise and arrange colors, composition and shapes accordingly, and to make a final decision. When I first started my career as an artist I focused in the field of commercial art. This was my error, as it did not provide pleasure and satisfaction. I like to have independence in the way of contemplating what to paint. I never had anyone that influenced me in any specific way. I always knew what I wanted but was never encouraged by any other person to follow my dream. My works are not complicated but there are those people that overlook the true meaning of my paintings. It is significant that people concentrate not only on the paintings but the titles as well as this will allow them to explore the paintings story and consequently the paintings will seldom be overlooked.
 
1950 Born 23 March in Jawor Poland.
1957-64 Attended grammar school and graduated receiving an award for his academic excellence.
1964-69 Attended the High School of Fine Arts, Jaroslaw, Poland, under lecturers E. Kifferling, S. Kucia, W. Sliwinski, S. Stelmasik and I.OryI.
1969 Graduated from the high school of Fine Arts, and was awarded a prize for his Fine Art talents. He was supported to continue his artistic studies at the Academy of Fine Arts.
1969-76 Attended the Academy of Fine Arts Krakow- Poland under professors C. Rzepinski, A. Siweeki, J. Kochanowski, and S. Wojtyna. Awarded Master of Fine Arts Degree (Dip. P.D.).
1976-78 Practiced his profession and exhibited in Poland.
1976 Traveled to West Germany where he practiced his profession and exhibited. Returned to Poland.
1978 Emigrated to New Zealand.
1978-85 Practiced his profession and exhibited in New Zealand and overseas.
1982 Henryk Szydlowski developed a new printing technique which he named Polprint (Polish Print). His technique gained world wide recognition by artists and critics.
1985 Lectured at Whitecliffe Art School.
1985 Emigrated to Australia.
1985-90 Practiced his profession and exhibited in Australia and overseas.
1989 He became an Australian citizen. Lectured at Claremont School of Fine Arts.
1990 Became a member of the Japanese Art Publishing Co. Ltd.
1993 Lectured at Claremont Sehool of Fine Arts.
1994 Full time artist.
1996 Collection Stamp Release, Tribute paid by the Who’s Who in International Art, Lausanne, Switzerland.
1998 Officially appointed the title of Professor Henryk Szydlowski by the Accademia Internazionale Greci Marino, Accademia Del Verbano, Di Lettere, Arti, Scienze. Vercelli, Italy.
1999 Featured in the Who is Who in International Art “Great Names and Newcomers in 20th Century Art’ Artcards.
1999 Became a member of the AAIAA -Art Addiction International Art Association. Stockholm, Sweden.
Henryk Szydlowski’s works can be found in private, corporate and government collections in Austria, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, U.S.A. and the Vatican. Henryk Szydlowski to - operates world wide with numerous private and government galleries.

Solo Exhibitions

 

1976 Graphics, Euchamer Gallery Poland; Graphics, Gwarek Gallery Olkusz Poland; Oil, Underhand Gallery Chorzow Poland;
1977 Oils, Euchamer Gallery Poland;
1978 Oils, Muzeum Ziemi Olkuskiej Gallery Olkusz Poland; Oils, Gwarek Gallery Olkusz Poland; Oils, B.W.A. Gallery, Bytom Poland; Oils, Association of Journalists Gallery Poland;
1980 Graphics, John Leech Galleries Auckland N. Zealand; Oils, John Leech Galleries Auckland New Zealand;
1981 Graphics and Oils, Settlement Gallery Wellington N. Zealand; Graphics, Studio Gallery Hamilton N. Zealand; Graphics, John Leech Galleries Auckland N. Zealand;
1982 Oils, John Leech Galleries Auckland N. Zealand; Graphics, John Leech Galleries Auckland N. Zealand; Graphics and Oils, Settlement Gallery Wellington N. Zealand;
1982 Graphics, Touring Exhibition N. Zealand Art Societies;
1983 Oils, John Leech Galleries Auckland N. Zealand;
1984 Oils, Thornton Gallery Hamilton N. Zealand;
1985 Oils and manifest of “Credo” style, RKS Gallery Auckland N. Zealand; Oils and Graphics, John Leech Galleries Auckland N. Zealand; Graphics, Seijoh Gallery Sendai Japan;
1986 Oil and Graphics, Prism Art Galleries Fremantle Australia;
1987 Oils and Graphics, Alexander Galleries Perth Australia;
1988 Graphics and Oils, Holdsworth Gallery Sydney Australia; Oils, John Leech Galleries Auckland N. Zealand; Graphics, Seijoh Gallery, Sendai Japan; Oils, Charlotte H. Gallery Auckland N. Zealand;
1989 Oils and Graphics, Vincent Gallery Adelaide Australia; Oils, John Leech Gallery Auckland N. Zealand; Oils and Graphics, Holdsworth Gallery Sydney Australia; Oils, Graphics and Watercolors, Charlotte H. Gallery Auckland N. Zealand; Graphics and Oils, Goodridge Gallery Perth Australia;
1990 Graphics, Seijoh Gallery Sendai Japan; Graphics, Crystal Gallery Morioka City Japan. Oils, Goodridge Galleries, Perth Australia; Oils, John Leech Galleries, Auckland N. Zealand;
1991 Oils, Holdsworth Galleries Sydney Australia; Oils, Charlotte H. Gallery, Auckland N. Zealand; Oils- Chapman Gallery Canberra Australia; Oils- Goodridge Galleries Perth Australia;
1992 Oils, John Leech Gallery Auckland N. Zealand; Oils, Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne Australia;
1993 Oils, John Leech Gallery Auckland N. Zealand; Oils, Holdsworth Galleries Sydney Australia; Graphics, Galeria Pod Zlotym Lewkiem Krakow Poland; Oils, Dobson Bashford Gallery Christchurch N. Zealand; Oils, Chapman Gallery Canberra Australia; Oils, Gomboc Gallery Perth Australia;
1994 Oils, The Gallery of Fine Art Perth Australia; Oils, Holdsworth Gallery Sydney Australia;
1995 Oils, International Art Centre Auckland N. Zealand; Oils, Delshan Gallery Melbourne Australia; Oils, Dobson Bashford Gallery Christchurch N. Zealand;
1996 Oils, Holdsworth Gallery Sydney Australia;
1997 Oils, Gauguin Gallery Singapore; Oils, Barry Stern Gallery Sydney Australia; Oils, Delshan Gallery Melbourne Australia; Oils, Int,l Art Centre Auckland N. Zealand;
1998 Oils, Barry Stern Gallery Sydney Australia.
 
MEMBERSHIP
1999 AAIAA -Art Addiction International Art Association.
AWARDS
1994 Honorary Mention, The 2nd International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Art Addiction, Stockholm
1995 Honorary Mention, The 2nd Graphic Annual International Exhibition, Art Addiction Stockholm
1999 Silver Medal, The 1st Spring Annual in Venice, Art Addiction / Palazzo Correr Venice Italy
 
REPRESENTED
2000 - WORLD of ART Internet Art Museum