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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.

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Artist: Edward Marecak
Winter Witches in an Upside World Interfering with Each Other, Semi-Abstract Oil
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil painting on burlap by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled "Winter Witches in an Upside World Interfering with Each Other" from 1990. Titled and dated by the artist on verso. Painte...
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1990s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Burlap, Oil

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

Fertility Goddesses, Abstract Nude Figures 1950s Oil Painting, Pink, Blue, Green
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

1960s Abstract Mid Century Modern Mixed Media Painting, Pink, Orange, Gray
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
'Fields Under Snow' is an ink and watercolor painting by Denver artist Edward Marecak circa 1960s. Abstract mixed media painting completed in colors of orange, pink, gray, and white....
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Ink, Watercolor

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

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

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 Samurai, Semi-Abstract Figurative Oil Painting in Blue, Yellow, and Red
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil on board painting by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled "The Samurai" from 1957. Shows an abstract portrait of a samurai in a red hood and black robe. Presented framed, outer dime...
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1950s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Winter Palace, 1960s Mid Century Modern Framed Abstract Mixed Media Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Winter Palace is an abstract acrylic and watercolor on paper painting by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) with pastel pinks, blues and greens. Presented in a new custom frame, outer dimens...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Watercolor

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

The Argument, 1960s Vintage Semi-Abstract Oil Painting in Reds, Pinks, and Black
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Oil on board painting by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled "The Argument" from 1968. Semi-abstract oil painting depicting two figures in colors of greens, pinks, blues, and blacks. P...
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1960s 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 Winter Months, 1980s Semi-Abstract Figurative Oil Painting, Blue Black
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Semi-Abstract figurative oil on canvas painting titled "The Winter Months" by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) from 1981, signed and dated in the lower right. Featuring 3 abstract figures ...
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, 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

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

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

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

Still Life and Round Lace Table, 1960s Abstract Still Life, Mixed Media Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
"Still Life and Round Lace Table" is an original acrylic and pastel on paper by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) circa 1960s. Signed by the artist in the lower right corner. Abstracted sti...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Pastel, Acrylic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Autumn Harvest, Original Semi-Abstract Landscape and Figurative Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Original framed oil painting on burlap by Edward Marecak (1919-1993) titled "Autumn Harvest" from 1987. Signed and dated by the artist in the lower right corner. Presented in a custo...
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1980s American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Oil

Diana and the Three Fates, Vintage 1970s Semi Abstract Figural Oil Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Diana and the Three Fates, vintage 1970s semi abstract oil painting on board by 20th century Denver artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Female nude figure of the the Roman virgin go...
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1970s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Oil, Board

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...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

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 stamped, tit...
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1960s American Modern Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, Oil

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

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

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

1970s Abstract Acrylic Mixed Media Painting, Dark Purple, Black, Blue
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Crayon and acrylic paint mixed media painting by Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993). Abstract geometric painting done in rich colors of dark purple, blue, and black. Presented ...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Paper, Crayon, Acrylic

A Small Incantation, 1940s Abstracted Figural Watercolor and Ink Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
"A Small Incantation", is a watercolor and ink on paper by Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993) of an abstract scene of three figures in pink, purple and black stacked inside eac...
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1940s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Paper, Ink, Mixed Media, Watercolor

The Chicken, 1940s Abstract Geometric Pen Ink Drawing, Red, Black, Cream
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
"The Chicken", is ink on paper by Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993) from the 1940's of an abstract depiction of a chicken in black and red. Presented in a custom black frame, ...
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1940s Abstract Geometric Edward Marecak Art

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Paper, Ink

Mid Century Modern Ink and Acrylic Abstract Painting, Light Green, Brown, White
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
"Mystic Writing", ink and acrylic on paper by Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993) of an abstract image with mystical symbols in blue/green rectangles and a border of brown squar...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Paper, Ink, Acrylic

A Small City Park, Abstract Painting Acrylic Watercolor Painting, Green Brown
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
"A Small City Park", acrylic and watercolor on paper by Denver artist Edward Marecak (1919-1993) of an abstract park broken into four quadrants, separated by brown and white striped ...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Paper, Acrylic, Watercolor

Masks And Flowers, Semi Abstract Vintage 1984 Painting, Red Yellow Green Pink
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
Masks And Flowers, vintage original 1984 oil painting on board by Edward Marecak (1919-1993), semi abstract, cubist style painting of tribal masks with flowers, painted in colors of ...
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1980s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Board, Oil

Façade, 1960s Abstract Mixed Media Painting, Mid Century Modern, Pink, Black
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
'Façade' is an ink and acrylic painting by Denver artist Edward Marecak circa 1960s. Abstract mixed media painting completed in colors of black, pink, gray, and white. Presented in a...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Ink, Acrylic

X Marks the Spot, 1960s Mid Century Modern Mixed Media Abstract Painting
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
'X Marks the Spot' is an acrylic and pastel on paper by Denver artist Edward Marecak from the 1960s. Abstract mixed media painting painted in colors of black, white, and purple. Pres...
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1960s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Pastel, Acrylic

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

Parcheesi, Vintage Semi Abstract Oil Painting by Edward Marecak, Board Game
By Edward Marecak
Located in Denver, CO
'Parcheesi', vintage 1990 semi abstract oil painting on canvas by 20th century Denver artist, Edward Marecak (1919-1993) of a stylized Parcheesi board with human figures and houses i...
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1990s Abstract Edward Marecak Art

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Canvas, 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) from 1983. Oil Paint on board with a mid-century modern fe...
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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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