Jozef Sekalski (1904-1972)
|Artist Name||Jozef Sekalski (1904-1972)|
|Title||Portrait of Artist's Wife Roberta Hodges Taking Tea|
|Description||This striking 1940's portrait oil painting is by noted Polish artist Jozef Sekalski who came to Britain during World War II and settled in Scotland. The portrait is of his wife, fellow artist Roberta Hodges, and was painted in 1945. The painting is a charming, intimate half length portrait of Hodges in an interior, taking tea. Presumably she is visiting someone rather than at home as wearing a smart matching hat and coat. The painting has the hallmarks of Scottish art with bold colouring and brushwork. A lovely portrait by a much exhibited artist. Signed and dated 1945 lower left.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||20 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary frame, 32 inches by 28 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Józef Sękalski (1904–1972) ARE 1949, SSA 1950. Also known as Josef Sekalski and Juozapas Senkalskis, was a Polish painter, printer, etcher and illustrator who lived and worked in Scotland. Sękalski was born in Turek, central Poland and studied at Vilna University. He joined the Polish Forces in exile in the United Kingdom during World War II. He remained in St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland, after the war, with his partner Roberta Hodges, a painter herself. Hodges was art mistress at St Leonards School, St Andrews and lectured in print making at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Sękalski constructed his printing press himself, from the back axle of a car, a tuck box and some odd items and built the machine on the floor of his apartment at 29 North Street St. Andrews. They had their studio in their own home, The Bell Rock House, at St. Andrews Harbour. Along with Alison and Winifred McKenzie and Annabel Kidston, he belonged to the St. Andrews Group of wood engravers. Sękalski taught at Glasgow School of Art, and taught Graphic Design at the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology, the later University of Abertay Dundee.
Sękalski illustrated works including A call from Warsaw : an anthology of underground Warsaw poetry (J. Harasowska, 1944). This book was first printed secretly under German occupation in Warsaw in 1940 and was reprinted by the Polish library in 1942. He also provided wood-cut engravings for St. Andrews: Its Character and Tradition (1951), published by The St. Andrews Preservation Trust, and illustrated F.C. Anstruther's Old Polish Legends (1997).
His work is held by museums and galleries, including the McManus Galleries in Dundee. Sekalski exhibited 13 painting at the Royal Scottish Academy between 1944-1951.