A creative piece of work by master artist Marian Ulc. Size approx 8" x 6.5" x 2.5". Initialed by the artist.
Marian Ulc was born in 1947 in a small
village, called Szałas (a hut), in Poland. The peasant family, in
which he grew up, earned their living as coopers. This is were his
fondness in working with wood originated.. This, combined with a
talent and a need for expression, resulted in his career as an artist.
He began carving as a young man. Not having any
formal artistic education at all, he may be described as self taught.
For over 40 years of work he developed a specific style, of which the most
characteristic features are precision and care for detail, visibly
distinctive in all of his carvings.
For work he uses an old workbench, which his father used for the
production of wooden shingles, a set of knives and chisels and a range
of other tools, drills, axes, etc. From lime and poplar wood sculptures
are created. Later they obtain a colorful polychrome. At the end they
are covered with bees wax, constituting a waterproof layer.
Inspirations come from everyday life - Weddings and musicians,
from nature - birds, trees with animals. Yet religious and biblical motifs
are often themes of his carvings - angels, nativity scenes.
Today Marian Ulc is regarded as a prominent representative of
the art movement, described as folk art or naive art. His works are
received with great interest, especially in Germany. He has exhibited in Berlin, Cologne, Nuremberg and Bremerhaven.
Apart from that his works have also been on display in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.