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Edward Marecak Art

EDWARD MARECAK (USA, 1919–93)

Edward Marecak was an American painter who was born in 1919. Growing up in the farming community of Brunswick, Ohio, he showed early artistic promise, hired by the National Youth Administration to document historic barns. In 1946, Marecak came to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for a year and after a semester interlude at Cranbrook returned to study lithography with Lawrence Barrett. There he also met his future wife and sometime collaborator, ceramicist Theresa Madonna Fortin. Given the opportunity to teach a summer course at the University of Colorado, he decided to obtain a teaching certificate at the University of Denver and subsequently embarked on his 25-year career in the Denver Public School system. Rather than pursue fame, Edward Marecak directed his zeal toward fostering younger generations in the principles of art as well as his simple philosophies. Moreover, his teaching salary allowed him to ply his prodigious talent at whatever he pleased, instead of bending to the dictates of trends and sales. Having inherited his faith in education from his Slovakian immigrant parents, Marecak could add the shaping of lives to his mastery of art forms, including lithographs, monoprints, drawings, hooked rugs, ceramics, paintings, wood sculptures, stained-glass windows and jewelry. While exhibiting in his lifetime, he was, in his wife’s words, “his own greatest collector”, but shows and his popularity at the Kirkland Museum have positioned Marecak posthumously among Colorado’s pre-eminent modernists. As a child, Marecak was enthralled by the Carpathian tales of magic and supernatural beings told by his grandmother. As with other artists with roots in Eastern Europe, his artistic turn to folk tradition would free him from learned practices of perspective and modeling in favor of flat patterns within patterns and brilliant, throbbing color. While others ventured further into abstraction, Marecak stylized figurative elements into crowded compositions that appeared like a mosaic or stained glass. As he matured, he could declare, “I am still very much a Byzantine designer and my joy with what color can do grows all the time”. The traceries of strong outlines and bold shapes provide compartments for vibrant colors, contrasts and rough textures that can scarcely be contained. The Kirkland Museum staged a retrospective of Edward and Donna Marecak in 2007.

(Biography provided by David Cook Galleries)
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The Return Of Ulysses, Abstract Cubist Painting, Green, Orange, Black, Brown
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Return Of Ulysses, vintage 1960 oil painting, semi-abstract with cubist figures including a male nude, by Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Painted in colors of red, blue, golden yell...
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1960s American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Burlap, Oil

The Three Fates Thinking Mysterious Thoughts, Semi-Abstract Cubist Female Heads
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Three Fates Thinking Mysterious Thoughts, vintage semi-abstract painting by Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Three heads in a somewhat cubist style are painted in bright colors of ye...
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Zeus and Hera, Semi-Abstract Painting in Blue, Orange, Pink, Green, Yellow, Red
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

Materials

Burlap, Oil

Games Anyone? #2, Semi-Abstract in Blue, Yellow, Red, Green, Pink, Orange, Black
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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The Three Fates Give Advice, Semi-Abstract in Lime Green, Orange, Fuchsia, Blue
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Canvas

Sybils Telling Cosmic Jokes On Mankind, Abstract with Orange, Yellow, Red & Blue
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Oracles Decree All Men Are Equal, Referential Abstraction, Blue, Yellow, Red
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Edward Marecak Art

Materials

Oil

The Argument, Abstract Painting in Red, Black, Green, Pink, Orange, Blue, Yellow
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Argument an abstract oil painting by 20th century Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993) with abstracted, cubist figures in red, black, yellow, pink, orange, brown, green a...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Still Life with Masks (Vintage Semi-Abstract Painting, Red, Pink, Yellow, Green)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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1980s American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Board

The Three Fates Confused, 1970s semi-abstract painting, red, yellow, blue, green
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Demeter (Semi-Abstract Painting of woman holding fruit: Orange, Yellow, Blue)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Liberty Rides the Goose (Semi-Abstract Painting of Lady Liberty Riding a Goose)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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20th Century American Modern Edward Marecak Art

Materials

Oil

The Big Fish Eats The Little Fish, Abstract in Black, Pink, Yellow, Orange, blue
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Big Fish Eats The Little Fish, vintage 1976 oil on canvas abstract painting by 20th century Denver artist, Edward Maracek (1919-1993). Semi-abstract painting in vibrant colors of...
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

Eurydice in the Elysian Fields
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
An original vintage 1967 abstract oil painting by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) portraying Eurydice wandering throughout the Elysian Fields. Painted in vibrant colors of blue, fuschia, ...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Warp and Woof (Abstract Painting)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
1960s original vintage signed framed painting by Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993), "Warp and Woof" is a mid-century modern abstract painting of a textile on a loom with v...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil Pastel, Tempera, Archival Paper

Floating Shapes (Abstract in Pink, Green, Black, Golden Yellow, Orange, Blue)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Original vintage 1985 abstract oil painting by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) with geometric imagery in colors of coral/pink, black, brown, green, blue, golden yellow, orange, purple and...
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20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Board

Sunflowers (Abstract Still Life)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Original 1960s abstract still life by mid-century modern Colorado artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Sunflowers is an abstract still life painting in dominant colors of brown, rust...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

Materials

Oil, Board

Prismatic Clocks in the Upside Down World (Abstract Painting: Blue, Yellow, Red)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Original painting by 20th century Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). "Prismatic Clocks in the Upside Down World" a semi-abstract composition in a wide range of colors, inc...
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Board

Witch and Warlock Casting Spells in the Upside Down World (Semi-Abstract)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Board

The Four Winter Months (Semi Abstract Figures in Black, Blue, Red, Gray, Green)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

Judgement of Paris
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
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1970s American Modern Edward Marecak Art

Materials

Oil, Board

Three Winter Months (Semi-Abstract Painting)
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Original oil painting titled "Three Winter Months" by 20th century Colorado artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Presented in the artist's original frame, outer dimensions measure 40...
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20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

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