about me

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Marta Wakula-Mac 
MA in Fine Art Education| Diploma in Fine Art Printmaking | Institute of Art, Pedagogical University, Krakow, 2003. I Member of Graphic Studio Dublin 2005-2014, Member of ZPAP and STMG Kraków. Works in linocut and etching techniques. She teaches printmaking in Pracownia Graficzna NCK in Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury, Kraków.
Awards include:
2017
Honorable award in a printmaking competition 'Nude', BWA Rzeszów, Poland; 2016 Honorable award and medal in XVI International Biennale Small Graphics and ExLibris, Ostrow Wlp, Poland; 2007 Arts Council Travel and Training Award and a grant from Culture Ireland.
 
Work in collections: National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Muzeum Archidiecezjalne in Poznan, Poland; Civic Museum of Cremona, Italy, AIB Bank, TASCQ Dublin, OPW Dublin and private collections.


She has had many solo exhibitions in Ireland and Poland and exhibits regularly in group shows worlwide.

Individual Exhibitions:
2017 Radość Wojewodzka Biblioteka Publiczna, ul.Rajska, Kraków, Poland
2017 Radość, Jan Fejkiel Gallery, Kraków, Poland 
2016 Grafika, Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury, NCK, Kraków,Poland
2015 New work, Yoko Akino i Marta Wakula Mac, Printmakers Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2013 New work, Elke Thones, Margaret Tuffy, Marta Wakula-Mac, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2011 GrafikaMiejski Osrodek Kultury, Dębica, Poland
2010 Dialogue, Miejska Galeria Sztuki, Zakopane, Poland
2010 Slam Sensing Nation Sensation, Karma Cafe, Warszawa, Poland
2009 New Work, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Gomorrah, Irish Writers Centre, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Grafika, BWA Dwor Karwacjanow, Gorlice, Poland
2006 Paprykarz za precle, Brama Jazz Café, Szczecin, Poland
2005 Prints, Central Library in the Ilac Centre, Dublin, Ireland
2005 Prints, Irish - Polish Society, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin, Ireland
2004 Grafika, Gallery Cafe-Szafe, Kraków, Poland
2003 Grafika, Gallery Center of Jewish Culture, Kraków, Poland


Group Exhibitions
2017 XIV Konkurs Graficzny im. Józefa Gielniaka, Muzeum Karkonoskie, Jelenia Góra, Poland
2017 Bożonarodzeniowy Salon Zimowy ZPAP OK, Pałac Sztuki, Kraków, Poland
2017 Nowi Członkowie ZPAP, Galeria Pryzmat, Krakow, Poland 
2017 Obraz, Grafika, Rysunek, Rzeżba Roku 2017, Akt, BWA Rzeszów, Poland
2017 Ogrody 2017 Wojewodzka Biblioteka Publiczna, ul.Rajska, Krakow, Poland
2016 KONFRONTACJE Sztuki,Galeria Test, Warszawa, Poland 
2016 XVI International Biennale Small Graphics and ExLibris, Ostrow Wlp, Poland 
2016 Świeto Ogrodów, Wojewodzka Biblioteka Publiczna, Krakow 
2016 Legacy, Hyde Bridge Gallery Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo, Ireland
2016 Legacy, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
2015/16 National Trust Lyme Park, Disley, Landscape Artist of the year 2015, UK 
2015 'Come away, O Human Child' Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 
2015 A Natural Selection, Blue House Hallery, Cork, Ireland
2014 VUE, Natinal Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Hibernian Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2013/2014 A Natural Selection
  •  The National Botanic Gardens Dublin
  • Greenacres Gallery, Wexford
  • The Lavit Gallery, Cork
  • Galleri Astley, Uttersberg, Sweden
  • Konstforum in Norkopping, Sweden
  • Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge
  • The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
  • The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, co.Dublin
2012 7th International Triennial of Graphic Art-Bitola, Republic of Macedonia
2012 Sponsors' Portfolio, Graphic Studio Dublin, Ireland
2011 Beautiful Man, Printmakers Gallery, Dublin
2011 Annual Members Exhibition, Irish-Polish Society, Dublin
2010 Beautiful Man, Talbot Gallery&Studio, Dublin, Ireland
2010 Laundry, South Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2010 Original Print Show, Rathfarnam Castle, Dublin, Ireland
2010 Graphic Studio Dublin’s 50th Anniversary, Limerick Printmakers, Ireland
2009-2010 Where borders meet – Response 
  • Miejski Osrodek Kultury, Dębica, Poland
  • Graphic Studio Dublin, Dublin, Ireland 
  • Muzeum Dwory Karwacjanów i Gładyszów, Gorlice, Poland 
  • Galeria Jatki, Nowy Targ, Poland 
  • Galeria Lamelli, Kraków, Poland 
  • Akademicka Galeria Sztuki MBWA w Wyższej Szkole Biznesu NLU, Nowy Sącz, Poland
2009 Revelation, Kopavogur Art Museum, Iceland
2008 Impressions 2008, Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland
2008 Where borders meet, Muzeum Dwory Karwacjanów i Gładyszów, Gorlice, Poland
2008 Graphic Studio Gallery goes West, Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland
2008 Revelation, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2008 9th International Biennial of Illustration - The 44th Golden Pen of Belgrade.
  • Gallery Progres. Belgrade, Serbia
  • Galerija Nis, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Moderna Galerija Likovni susret, Subotica, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Galerija kulturni centar Laza Kostic, Sombor, Belgrade, Serbia
2007 Penang International Print Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery, Malaysia
2007 New Communities Expo, RDS, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Ballyhaise FramedJohnston Central Library &Farnham Centre, Cavan, Ireland
2007 Group Show, Filmbase, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Spotkanie, Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Krosno, Poland
2007 Dublin Port Print, Dublin Port HQ, Ireland
2007 V International Small Engraving Biennial L'Arte e Il Torchio/ Art and the Printing Press, Civic Museum of Cremona, Italy
2006 Gdy slowo staje sie obrazem – Contemporary Bilble Illustration
  •  Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan, Poland
  • Galeria Prezydenta, Warszawa, Poland
  • Muzeum Archidiecezjalne, Katowice, Poland
  • Muzeum Sztuki Wspólczesnej, Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Muzeum Archidiecezjalne, Kraków, Poland
  • Muzeum Wspólczesnej Sztuki Sakralnej, Kielce, Poland
  • Galeria Krypta u Pijarow, Kraków, Poland
2006 Arts Centre, Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2005 Waterford Municipal Gallery,Greyfriars, Ireland
2005 Portfolio Exchange 'Kompact - Impact', Universitat der Kunste Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2005 "Exchange II”, On the Edge Poftfolio Exhibition, Purde University Galleries, West 
          Lafayette,USA
2004 Showcasing the Work of Seven Emerging Printmakers, Original Print Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2004 Gallery Kontrast, Kraków,
Poland
2004 Gallery GA, Kraków,
Poland
2004 Figura Figurae, Gallery Lamelli, Kraków,
Poland
2003 The Best Diplomma Of Print 1982-2003, Gallery NCK, Kraków,
Poland


Wakula – Mac’s prints are both rich in texture and full of symbolic detail.  Her series of linocuts depict spirited dancers who celebrate life and its dynamic energy. She combines thick heavy black lines with splashes of vivid reds to symbolize elation, movement and vitality.

In the pairs of women in red dresses, black hair whipping over their faces, dance wildly across the paper, waving bright scarves or the shoes they have taken off so as to feel the earth beneath their feet. They glory in their physicality, limbs askew, asking for nothing more than joy in the moment.” [Susan Knight]


"Śledząc chronologicznie serie grafik Marty Wakuły-Mac można zauważyć, że artystka poszukuje dla siebie indywidualnego sposobu wypowiedzi. Grafiki dyplomowe realizowane jeszcze pod ogromnym wpływem Jerzego Jędrysiaka nie zapowiadają cech przyszłej drogi twórczej. Korzystny wpływ na nowe działania wywarł na nią wyjazd do Dublina. Tutaj pani Marta Wakuła realizuje serię prac pejzażowych, będących niejako wprawką w rozwinięciu swoich możliwości w technikach trawionych. W pracach tych wykorzystując technologię udało się jej pokazać klimat przedstawionych obrazów, umiejętnym połączeniem koloru i formy szkicuje melancholię, zjawiskowość chwili. Są to między innymi prace: Piołun, Pejzaż, Irlandzkie oko.Seria aktów to niewielkich rozmiarów opowieść o kobiecie. W sposób bardzo syntetyczny, z użyciem niewielkich środków wyrazu pani Marta Wakuła snuje opowieść o życiu kobiety. Znaleziona już własna forma w użyciu kreski i kadru, pozwala w nieograniczony sposób, jak w stop-klatce odsłaniać kolejne fragmenty żywotu bohaterki. Te notatki graficzne są bardzo kobiece, tchną ciepłem, czułością, dotykiem. Tytuły to Akt z kolejnym numerem.(...)
Kolejny cykl linorytów z pejzażem, to niewielkie kolorowe widoki serii Dublińska zatoka czy Chmura. Ale forma i kolor są tu subtelnie wyważone. Grafiki przywodzą na myśl ryciny japońskie czy wiedeńskie z początku XX wieku, syntezą obrazu, wręcz płaską plamą. To przedstawienie zmusiło artystkę do bardzo wnikliwej analizy i umiejętnego odrzucania niepotrzebnych elementów rysunku. Burzą zmysłów zaskakuje kolejna seria: Tancerki,
tytułowane kolejnymi numerami.
Jest tu znowu powrót do postaci kobiet, ale przyodzianych głównie w czerwone sukienki. Widoczna
technika linorytu sprzyja dodatkowej ekspresji, pozostawiając ślady prowadzenia dłuta, a niechcący
przywodzą też prace niemieckich ekspresjonistów. Sukienki tancerek to zupełnie płaskie kolorowe,
ale wirujące plamy, aż proszą do ich usunięcia, zaglądnięcia co pod. Przywodzą na myśl dziecięce
wycinanki-ubieranki. Oglądając ten cykl ma się wrażenie nieustającego ruchu, tańca. Pani Marta
Wakuła-Mac jest również ilustratorem książek, np.Gomorrah Susan Knight czarnych bajek dla dorosłych, czy Lacht Richarda P. Todda. (...) Jej dalsza droga twórcza jawi się obiecująco, charakteryzuje się samodzielnością, indywidualnością, wrażliwością i kulturą artystyczną."
Teresa B. Frodyma



FROM THE DARK EDGE OF EUROPE
Brian Lalor
General Editor of The Encyclopaedia of Ireland
The friend of Samuel Beckett and Trinity College Dublin scholar, A.J.Leventhal, writing of Atelier 17, the famous Paris print studio established by Stanley William Hayter in 1927, described it as a kind of commune in which each member is free to pursue their own impulse, and at the same time discuss with and seek advice of fellow artists. Atelier 17 was the model for Graphic Studio Dublin, the oldest and largest fine-art print studio in Ireland which was established in 1960 by a group of dedicated artists and intellectuals that included the painter Anne Yeats, daughter of the poet W.B.Yeats, and Liam Miller founder of Irelands principal literary publishing house, the Dolmen Press. Graphic Studio Dublin today is run on the same principles of communal activity and mutual support for artistic endeavours and is well known for the major international touring exhibitions which it curates. It has a fluctuating membership of around a hundred artists mostly based in Ireland but also including members in Sweden, Japan, Germany and Great Britain. Recently the Studio acquired a major nineteenth century warehouse as its new premises which have been described by Lars Nyberg, the celebrated Swedish drypoint artist as ‘probably the finest print studio in Europe’.






Marta Wakula-Mac joined Graphic Studio Dublin in 2004 and has become an active member of the Studio, participating in numerous exhibitions at the Studio’s own Gallery and taking part in various artistic projects. Most recently her work was included in Dublin Port Prints a juried competitive print show hosted by the Dublin Port company and she has been invited to participate in a prestigious themed print exhibition ‘Revelation’  at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2008.

Looking at Marta’s work for this exhibition, the prints seem to divide into the opposing areas of the sublime and the demotic and form an unusual contrast of themes and techniques. The works inspired by the New Testament Book of Revelation, all of which are linocuts, are a superb response to a profound and complex text to which the artist has brought her own highly individual visual sensibility. From the medieval iconography of the Last Judgement to the melancholy figure of the Beast, there is a consistent seriousness of intention and superb mastery of the skill of linocut. The majestic and fearsome figure, Woman, is one of the most memorable of the Apocalyps images and is invested with both drama and apprehension. Four, which depicts the image of the horsemen rising above the human realm is interpreted in a manner which is wholly original, a difficult achievement with such a well known subject. All of these prints possess a pervasive atmosphere of otherworldly dignity, totally appropriate to the interpretation of a mystical topic.

From the mystical to magic realism, the etchings which accompany Susan Knights story Gommorah, recently published in Dublin, are a departure in technique, content and treatment. Here Marta Wakula-Mac has developed into etching, aquatint and also the use of multi-plate colour printing (a speciality of Graphic Studio Dublin) and displays a lightness of touch and irreverent humour in her portrayal of some very human characters, far removed from the elevated regions of the Apocalypse. Gommorah is emblematic of this strange and energetic world of people in interiors, at parties, dancing or in crowds on the street. Band, Basement Club, Bonfire and Party are close to the circles of Dante’s Inferno in the frenzied manner in which the figures seem possessed of a kind of manic energy, embracing and gyrating in confined spaces. More soberly, there are also more simple works in this sequence such as the monochrome A Glass of Coke or Loving Spoon where one or more figures occupy the space with their concerns and exude a sense of solitary quietness.

Individual works, unrelated to the major groups are also worthy of mention, particularly the beautiful and erotically charged Lovers, Japanese in its linear mastery, and Guardian Angel where the purity of inspiration and execution demonstrate the artist’s powers.

The principal source of Marta Wakula-Mac’s inspiration is literature and she brings a finely honed visual language to bear on her chosen subject matter as well as a refined sense of appropriateness in her responses. While her work has its sources in literature, her imagery rises beyond the texts to become significant visions from the mind’s eye and from contemporary life, presenting interpretations of the world which are troubling, intriguing and ultimately as all art should be, spiritually stimulating.