This interesting surrealist oil painting with a floating female face and castle ruins on island shore was done by Polish artist Henryk Waniek (b. 1942). Waniek was born in Oswiecim (Auschwitz) and has become a well known artist composing his symmetrical and concentric pictures from the traditional symbols of magic: windows, chalices, ladders, devils, rainbows, shooting stars. His work has been shown at over 50 exhibitions, alone or with work by other artists, and he has been awarded many Polish and international prizes.He has traveled to both Italy and the USA on scholarships. Waniek's 'sideline', his writing, includes philosophical fairy tales, essays, journalistic work and art criticism. Oil on canvas, signed, titled “Epizod 8 Z Wyspy Smierci (Devil’s Island)” and dated “Pazdziernik (October) 1972” on verso, along with a Desa, Warsaw gallery label, unframed. Small damage repair in the sky. Dimensions: Approximately 20” h x 16” w, actual.
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