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Witold Gracjan Kawalec (1922-2003) Sculpture

Mid-century British post-war art

Alabaster Sculpture by Witold Kawalec, Devon

Witold Gracjan Kawalec carved alabaster sculpture on slate base, original artist signed receipt and personal note relating to sculpture, both on studio stationary with studio blind stamp.

6 1/2 Inches in height and approx 6 Inches wide, carved alabaster sculpture on carved slate base.

Hand carved in locally sourced alabaster by Witold Gracjan Kawalec during 1977, soon after his move to Dewsmoor-Crediton, Devon. This would be a one off piece.

Provenance: Original 1977 Studio blind stamped and hand signed, W. Kawalec, "thank you" note for payment and further Studio blind stamped personal note regarding the sculpture to the original purchaser of Wimbledon, London.

Witold Gracjan Kawalec titled this carving 'Cloveroak'. The accompanying note goes on to say:

"In carving this alabaster my aim was to combine in a single symbol; the four petalled clover leaf, a sign of luck and the shape of the Oak tree, standing for strength. Most of the penetrations are smooth carved forms indicative of love, peace and happiness, but, as in life, so in this carving now and again a more angular form or sharper line reminds the beholder that one does not for ever sleep in the bed of rose petals."

Sculpture by Witold Gracjan Kawalec, carved in Alabaster
Clover Oak Alabaster Sculpture by Witold Kawalec, Devon


Original condition, natural imperfections of the alabaster stone.


Sculpture by Witold Gracjan Kawalec, carved in Alabaster

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Sculpture by Witold Gracjan Kawalec, carved in Alabaster Alabaster Sculpture is mounted on a thin hand carved slate bed Side view showing curved abstarct forms Sculptures viewed from above, showing many forms and detail Sculpture by Witold Gracjan Kawalec, carved in Alabaster

Witold Gracjan Kawalec (1922-2003)

Sculture above doorway of St Christopher's Hospice by Witold Gracjan Kawalec
St Christophers Hospice Logo based on Sculpture by Witold Gracjan Kawalec

Witold Kawalec is probably most well know for his sculpture, unveiled by Princess Alexandra, of St Christopher carrying Christ across the water for St Christopher's Hospice, south London. The sculpture later became the logo of the hospice which is the world's first purpose-built hospice.

A similar piece two years later by Witold Gracjan Kawalec titled "Kay Alexandra" exhibits alongside works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore & Paul Mount at the Exeter University Fine Art sculpture walk.

Fine Art Collection Sculpture Collection

Exeter University Fine Art, Witold Gracjan Kawalec Kay Alexander Study

Amongst various exhibitions during his lifetime Witold Kawalec was also selected to exhibit at the Royal Academy summer exhibition during 1959. Publicly his work can also be seen at St Aidian's Basford with carvings in ancaster stone and a wooden sculpture of St Boniface given in 1979 to Crediton Church.