This new exhibition is in London's Knapp Gallery. The gallery is within the newly recognised Regent's University; formerly Regent's College.
Fame comes to many in the 21st Century. For some the celebrity is simply as a result of "being a celebrity", for others, like those immortalised in this exhibition, the fame is hard earned. The two artists with superb works in this show, come clearly into the second category.
Mariusz Kaldowski works in a traditional medium, but the paintings he produces are startlingly powerful. The richness of the paint he applies to the canvas makes these works far more engaging than a formal portrait. The viewer is able to see into the very soul of the subject via the emotional intensity of the artist. Since coming to the UK in 1996 he has been busy creating, exhibiting and successfully selling his work. In addition he takes portrait commissions and for instance has been a family portrait painter for a number of years for Fred Olsen (of Fred Olsen Cruise Liners). Since 2002 he has been an Artist in Residence in Regent's Park. Since 2009 he started working with the National Trust as their resident artist for the South East region.
He has also received numerous awards, e.g. 2006 - Main Prize Winner - editor's choice 'The Artist Magazine', and in the same year Nina Hosali 1st Prize - Free Painters & Sculptors Society. Other prizes include: Winsor & Newton, Pro Arte, Caran D'Arche and Royal Talens awards during yearly Patchings Art Festivals. Barbican Centre (London)
His work has been exhibited widely:
St David's Hall (Cardiff)
Gallery 27 (Cork Street, London),
Arndean Gallery (Cork Street, London),
Menier Gallery (London),
Bankside Gallery (London),
St. John's Smith Square (London),
The Museum of Lancashire (Preston),
Palace of Art, Cracow (Poland),
Kunstlerhaus Lenbach Platz (Munich),
National Trust properties,
Regent's Park (since 2002)
Peter Mason has gathered an international reputation for using postage stamps in a very creative manner. His admiration for Lichtenstein, Warhol and the Pop Art Movement in general, has led him to develop a style which turns pixelated images of the famous into fascinating pieces of art where almost the only medium is the colour design and postmark pattern of used stamps.
He has personally presented his work to many of the celebrities he has immortalised. He has received letters of thanks from both Buckingham Palace and St James Palace and his work is on show in public venues across the UK and the USA. Commissions have been completed for clients from Australia, France, America and Portugal as well as the UK.
His largest commission, thus far - a portrait of the Queen, for Whiteley's Shopping Centre Bayswater and used over 30,000 stamps.
The exhibition runs until the end of July.