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Paula Furby

(b Zólkiew, Jan 28, 1933).

Polish printmaker, painter and embroiderer active in Australia. Groblicka studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków (1951–7), graduating with a Fine Art Diploma. She was taught by Ludwik Gardowski, a leading Polish printmaker, and she specialized in woodcuts. Groblicka lived in London (1958–65), where she married Tadeusz Groblicki (b 1929) and had a son. They migrated to Sydney in 1965, first living at Bradfield Park migrant hostel and then settling in Adelaide in 1966. There Groblicka joined the Royal South Australian Society of Arts and was elected a Fellow in 1973. She exhibited with the Contemporary Art Society and the Print Council of Australia.

Groblicka is a master of technique and has an unerring sense of composition and design in printmaking and oil painting. Her early prints, done in Communist Poland in the 1950s, were socialist realist finely cut depictions of rural peasant life. In London, using linocut, her prints were broader. In Australia she returned to the medium of finely detailed woodcuts (e.g. ...

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Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 28 August 1893, in Sydenham, London; died 13 August 1977, in Willoughby (New South Wales).

Painter, printmaker. Landscapes, figures, portraits.

Weaver Hawkins studied briefly at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts before joining the Queen's Westminster Rifles at the outbreak of World War I. He was injured while serving on the Western Front, losing the use of his right hand and severely damaging the other. After the war he studied at Westminster Technical Institute and School of Art and took etching classes with Sir Frank Short. He married fellow painter Rene Villiers in ...

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Paula Furby

(b Saldus, Latvia, July 25, 1910).

Latvian painter, printmaker, weaver, and teacher active in Australia. Stipnieks studied at the Latvian State Academy of Art in Riga under Gederts Eliass (1887–1975). In 1944 she fled from Russian occupation to Germany. In the displacement camps after the war, she and other Baltic artists were able to paint and their works were exhibited in Europe and America. Stipnieks came to Australia in 1950 and settled in Adelaide. There she exhibited with the Royal South Australian Society of Arts and became a Fellow. She lectured at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts as visiting lecturer from 1963 and in the late 1960s she gave private lessons to Lady Ursula Hayward, who was a great patron of modern art in Adelaide, at her home, Carrick Hill.

Stipnieks works are in oils, enamels, pastels and Indian ink and her main subjects are still-life, portrait heads and the human figure. Her paintings typically comprise areas of bright colour, overlaid with gracefully painted figures or still-life objects in black or browns. These overlays may be freely painted, or have a more geometric, cubist style. Her figures are usually women, often grouped in twos (e.g. ...