Ralph Podolski: A Life of Time and Chance – An Exhibition Celebrating Nine Decades of Art, Survival and Family
A survey exhibition of artwork by Central Coast resident, Polish-born painter Ralph Podolski. Survivor of the German Uprising and part of the Polish Underground movement of the Second World War, Podolski reflects on his life through painting.
Through his work, Podolski recalls the moment he arrived with his father at the Gross-Rosen concentration camp as political prisoners, and how his artwork helped him survive through swapping drawings for stale bread. Eventually migrating to Victoria, Australia in the 1950s, Podolski later built a comfortable life as a graphic artist in Melbourne, travelling to study art abroad, returning to Australia and relocating to Sydney where he became an Archibald finalist (1973) while working for UTS Sydney.
His Central Coast home has been described as a ‘private gallery of his work’. Podolski, now in his mid-nineties, has continued to paint for as long as his vision and health has allowed. Influenced by the masters of the renaissance, Podolski’s work maintains an edge of Surrealism, where his life’s memory and dreams are entwined.
Opening event: Friday 12 January.
Doors open 5.30pm, speeches commence at 6pm.
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