Woodlands Gallery: Roman Świderek’s Winnipeg, March 10 - April 7

March 10th 2018 – April 7th 2018, Opening Reception Saturday, March 10th

Woodlands Gallery presents an unparalleled opportunity for Manitobans to observe a remarkable collection of original artworks by Winnipeg artist Roman Swiderek. Roman Świderek's Winnipeg celebrates the devoted artist and his enduring civic pride. This special exhibition of his original paintings and drawings of Winnipeg as well as his miniature watercolours of the West Coast endeavors to expand Roman Świderek's legacy and honour his singular career.

Roman Świderek is renowned for his impressionistic scenes of Winnipeg and its iconic landmarks from past and present. For many Winnipeggers, images of Assiniboine Park, the Bridge Drive-Inn, The Forks and hockey practice on the rink conjure a familiar rhythm. Skillfully rendered in oils, these finely observed paintings frame Winnipeg through the past decades and present a view of our great city through the eyes of an exceptional artist.

Born in Poland, Roman Świderek began his career painting backdrops for the professional theatre group in his town, Lodz. His talents received early recognition and he refined his skills in a studio provided by his company. After immigrating to Canada, his artistic skills evolved while painting religious icons for churches, portraits of national leaders and set designs for theaters including Rainbow Stage, the Manitoba Theater Centre and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Several years later, Świderek founded his own company and designed for the fashion industry in Winnipeg including the Hudson's Bay Company blanket division. He said, "I came here for a better life: to improve myself and my family," and he did.

Roman Świderek's original artwork can be found across Canada and abroad. Widely recognized for his limited edition prints and art cards, likewise reproductions of Roman Świderek's original oil paintings are collected locally and sent around the world. The images serve as reminders of home and mementos of Manitoba.

Woodlands Gallery and Roman Świderek have a long history together. We have supported his career through the years by carrying his limited-edition reproductions and art cards. For those works, the commercial availability of his paintings will be a first; several of these original paintings have never been exhibited publicly or available for sale. This offering illustrates Świderek's dedication to artistic excellence and serves as an inspiration and incentive for other Manitoban artists to follow. We invite you to delight in Roman Swiderek's Winnipeg.



Woodlands Gallery

535 Academy Road

Winnipeg, MB R3N 0E2

(204) 947-0700