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Danuta Solowiej

Date: May 2, 2017 Category: ,

Danuta Solowiej is a Polish sculptor working in both clay and metals in London. Her clay fruit sculptures stem from the strong memory of her Grandfather taking his time peeling apples, entertaining himself with different ways of cutting as the mood took him. Building on this memory, Danuta has been drawn to a number of artists’ work in the development of this series of sculptures. In particular Danuta has been inspired by Peter Randall-Page’s and Paul Cezanne’s work. With Peter Randall Page it was specifically his way of devising patterns for the boulders he picks, where the original shape of the stone is retained and his carving is a beautifully balanced act of mathematics and poetry. With Cezanne, the broad brush strokes and built up palette knife markings of the early cubist paintings has shaped Danuta’s sculptural work.
Danuta was born in Bialystok, Poland. She graduated in 1982 from the Fine Arts Lyceum, Suprasl, specialising in tapestry and painting. In 1987 she obtained an MA in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw having specialised in medallic art. She moved to London in 1988 and was one of the inaugural students of the Contemporary Art Medal Course at the Royal College of Art. In 2001 she showed work amongst the Sculpture Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the solo exhibition ‘Recall’. Recent exhibitions include FIDEM medal congress exhibition in Ghent and Namur, Belgium and ‘Collectionneur #2: Gaspare Manos’, Saint-Lo, France. Work can be found in many private and national collections including Museum of Medallic Art, Wroclaw; Alfons Karny Sculpture Museum, Bialystok; Polish Sculpture Centre, Oronsko; Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen; The British Museum, V&A Museum and The Goldsmiths’ Company Collection, London; The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow and The Royal Collection.