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Edward Marecak Art

1919-1993

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 Committee, 1970s Vibrant Semi-Abstract Mythological Figural Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Committee is an oil on board painting by Edward Marecak from 1979 of five abstracted mythological figures. Painting is done in a byzantine mosaic color in vibrant shades of red, ...
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Board, Oil

Fish, Semi Abstract Mid-Century Modern Colored Woodblock Woodcut, Pink Orange
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Fish, original vintage midcentury modern style circa 1950s - 1970s semi abstract geometric woodcut (woodblock print) on linen by 20th century Denver, Colorado artist Edward Marecak (...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Woodcut

The Argument, 1950s Abstract Figurative Painting, Figural Oil Painting Mid Mod
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
'The Argument' is an abstract oil painting by 20th century Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993) with abstracted, cubist figures in red, black, yellow, pink, orange, brown, gr...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Abstract Oil Painting, 1950s Midcentury Modern Horizontal Painting, Green Blue
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Vintage 1950s abstract oil painting on masonite by 20th century Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993) painted in colors of blue, green, white, yellow and black in a midcentury mod...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Masonite

The Three Fates Confused, 1970s Abstract Figural Painting, Still Life Flowers
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Three Fates Confused, a vintage oil painting by Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Semi-abstract composition depicts female figures in a stylized version of The Three ...
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Masks, 1980s Semi-Abstract Polychromatic Oil Painting, Vibrant Multicolor
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil on board painting by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled "Masks" from the 1980s. Mosaic style oil painting in vibrant colors of red, blue, green, yellow, and orange. Presented in a...
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

The Dance of Salome, Abstracted Figural Framed Triptych, 1960s Oil Paintings
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Dance of Salome or the Dance of the Seven Veils is a Triptych painted in 3 panels in oil on board. Each panel depicts a semi-abstract, cubist style individual figure: Herod, Hero...
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1960s American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Old Witch (Ed's Last Litho) (2/5), Framed 1940s Lithograph Abstract Portrait
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Lithograph on paper of an elderly female's head, done in black and white by 20th Century artist, Edward Marecak. Presented in a custom frame measuring 23 ½ x 18 ½ inches, image size ...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Edward Marecak Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Shapes, Mid Century Modern Abstract Colored Woodcut, Geometric Fine Art Print
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Block print on linen by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled Shapes. Presented in a custom frame with all archival materials, outer dimensions measure 29 x 19 ¼ x 1 ⅛ inches. Image size...
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20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Woodcut

The Return Of Ulysses, 1960s Mid Century Modern Abstract Figural Cubist Painting
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

1970s Abstract Oil Painting, Framed Mid Century Modern Geometric Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
'Under the Sun, All the World is Equal', original 1970 abstract oil painting on burlap by 20th century Colorado artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Colors include red, pink, purple, ...
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

I Send Evil Into the Night, 1960s Semi-Abstract Figural Mystical Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil painting on burlap by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled "I Send Evil Into the Night" from the 1960s. Two semi abstracted mythical figures in a nocturnal scene with a crescent moo...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Still Life and Round Lace Table, 1960s Abstract Still Life, Mixed Media Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Acrylic and pastel on paper by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled Still Life and Round Lace Table. Presented in a custom frame with all archival materials, outer dimensions measure 34...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Pastel, Acrylic

Picnic in Olympia (Marecak Family), 1970s Semi-Abstract Landscape Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil on canvas painting by Edward Marecak titled "Picnic in Olympia" of the artist and his wife, two sons, and daughter playing in a semi-abstracted park from 1975. Completed in the a...
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

A Saint (2/8), Lithograph on Paper of a Figured Head, Black and White
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
1948 signed lithograph by Denver artist Edward Marecak titled 'A Saint (2/8)'. Presented in a custom frame measuring 23 x 14 ½ x ¾ inches. Image size measures 16 x 7 ½ inches. Print...
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1940s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Lithograph

Three Kings (4/15), Lithograph on Paper of Three Figure Heads, Black and White
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Lithograph on paper titled "Three Kings" number 4 in an edition of 15 from 1948 by Denver artist Edward Marecak. Presented framed, outer dimensions measure 15 ¼ x 24 ¼ x ¾ inches. Im...
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1940s Abstract Expressionist Edward Marecak Art

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Lithograph

Self Portrait Square Oil Painting, Figure in Field, Flowers Multicolored Sky
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Framed self portrait by 20th century Denver artist, Edward Marecak, circa 1986. Oil painting depicting the artist standing in a field of flowers with a farm house in the background a...
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1980s American Realist Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

The Disk, 1950s Multicolored Abstract Geometric Oil Painting, White Green Blue
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil on canvas painting titled "The Disc" by Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993) from 1950. Abstract geometric painting in colors of white, green, blue, purples. Presented in a c...
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1950s Abstract Geometric Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

The Golden Queens, 1970s Abstract Figurative Painting Oil Painting, Yellow Gold
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Golden Queens is an oil painting on board by Denver artist, Edward Marecak from 1972. Two abstracted figures in a byzantine mosaic style in colors of gold, yellow, and white. Pre...
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Lines and Shapes (6/8), Mid Century Modern Framed Black White Abstract Print
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Lithograph on paper by Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled "Lines and Shapes", number 6 in an edition of 8. Presented framed, outer dimensions measure 17 ⅞ x 21 ⅞ x ⅜ inc...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Lithograph

Untitled #21, 1970s Abstract Mixed Media Acrylic Painting, Blue Black Shapes
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Ink and acrylic on paper abstract drawing by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled Untitled #21 in colors of light blue, dark blue, black and white. Presented in a custom frame with all ...
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20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Ink, Acrylic

Two Ladies Trying to Out-Mystify Each Other, Semi Abstract Figural Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
'Two Ladies Trying to Out-Mystify Each Other', Original 1969 semi-abstract cubist style oil painting portraying two female figures with still life. Oil on burlap, estate Stamp verso,...
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1960s American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

Fertility Goddesses, Abstract Nude Figures, Framed 1950s Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Fertility Goddesses, abstract painting, vintage 1950, figurative with three nude female figures by Denver modernist artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Oil paint on board in vivid co...
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1950s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Board

Adam and Eve, 1980s Abstract Figurative Painting, Vertical Oil Painting, 30 x 48
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil painting on foam core titled "Adam and Eve" by Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993) from 1983. Portrays two semi-abstract figures with shapes in the background, painted in co...
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Road Runner (1/8), 1940s Framed Abstract Figurative Lithograph, Fine Art Print
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
'Road Runner (1/8)' is lithograph by Denver artist Edward Marecak circa 1948. Presented in a custom frame with archival materials measuring 23 ¼ x 19 ¼ inches. Image size measures 16...
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1940s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Lithograph

Picnic At Mt. Olympus, Large Framed Park Landscape Oil Painting, Mythological
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Picnic at Mr. Olympus, vintage 1970s semi abstract painting by Denver modernist, Edward Marecak. Depicting a park scene with several semi cubist nude figures bathing in a fountain an...
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20th Century American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Board, Oil

Two Mystic Ladies Hiding, 1980s Semi Abstract Framed Oil Painting with Figures
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Two Mystic Ladies Hiding, 1980s semi abstract geometric painting by Denver, Colorado artist, Edward Marecak. Two reclining female figures, interior scene, bowl of fruit and vase of f...
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

The Big Fish Eats The Little Fish, 1970s Abstracted Fish Framed Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Big Fish Eats The Little Fish, vintage 1976 oil on canvas abstract oil painting by 20th century Denver artist, Edward Maracek (1919-1993). Semi-abstract painting in vibrant color...
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

Sunny Day, 1960s Mid Mod Semi-Abstract Polychromatic Landscape Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil painting on burlap titled "Sunny Day" by Edward Marecak of a semi abstracted landscape with trees, houses, and a pond from 1962. Presented in a vintage frame, outer dimensions me...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

City Park, Denver, Colorado, Large Semi-Abstract Polychromatic Oil Landscape
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Large format oil painting on canvas of City Park in Denver, Colorado by Edward Marecak. Semi-abstract park scene with various types of trees, figures, and a large pond. Presented as ...
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20th Century American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

Sybils Telling Cosmic Jokes On Mankind, Framed Figurative Abstract Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Vintage 1960s original semi abstract oil painting, Sybils Telling Cosmic Jokes On Mankind, by 20th century Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Painted in bright colors of o...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Potters, 1960s Mid Century Semi Abstract Figurative Framed Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
The Potters, vintage 1960s semi-abstract oil painting of two female figures with their pottery by Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Painted in oil paint on canvas, estate...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

Warp and Woof Abstract Painting, 1960 Framed Abstract Geometric Tempera Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
1960s original 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 varying h...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil Pastel, Tempera, Archival Paper

Zeus and Hera, 1967 Framed Semi-Abstract Figural Painting, Mid Century Modern
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Zeus and Hera, abstract realism painting with two nude figures set in a stylized interior by 20th century Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Painted in colors of orange, b...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Burlap, Oil

Jars and Vases, 1990s Semi-Abstract Still Life Oil Painting, Byzantine Inspired
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil on board painting by Edward Marecak titled "Jars and Vases" from 1990. Still life oil painting done in byzantine mosaic style with colors of red, orange, yellow, blue, and green....
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1990s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Board, Oil

Three Figures Caught in Stained Glass, 1980s Semi Abstract Figural Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Three Figures Caught in Stained Glass, vintage 1980s semi abstract painting by Denver modernist, Edward Marecak with three human figures, painted in colors of brown, olive, black, pu...
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

Untitled #26, 1970s Abstract Mixed Media Acrylic Painting, Blue Purple Red
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Brushed crayon over acrylic on paper by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled Untitled #26. Geometric abstract mixed media painting in colors of black, purple, and blue. Presented in a ...
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20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Crayon, Acrylic

Liberty Rides the Goose, Semi Abstract, Lady Liberty, Yellow Red White Blue
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Original painting by 20th century Denver modernist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). "Liberty Rides the Goose" is a semi-abstract depiction of Lady Liberty wearing Red, white and blue wi...
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20th Century American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

The Garden, Vintage Abstract Mixed Media on Paper in Pink, Orange, and Green
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Burnished crayon and acrylic on paper by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled The Garden. 1960s abstract mixed media painting in shades of yellow, pink, and blue. Presented in a custom ...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Crayon, Acrylic

Games Anyone?, Semi-Abstract Figures At Card Game Table, Mosaic Style Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Original vintage 1987 oil painting, "Games Anyone? #2" is a semi-abstract painting by 20th century Denver, Colorado artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993) with two figures including a Jo...
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1980s 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
Still Life with Masks, vintage original semi-abstract painting by 20th century Denver artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Oil Paint on board with a mid-century modern feel in colors...
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1980s American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Board

The Keepers Of The Chalice, Semi-Abstract Oil Painting, 20th Century
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil on panel painting by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled The Keepers of the Chalice from 1987. Presented in a custom black frame, outer dimensions measure 36 ¼ x 48 ¼ x 1 ⅛ inches....
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1980s Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

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