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Sculpture - 'Convict in Custody', Mr. Leon Wolowski, Clay, 1984 Object Reg. No: SH 000120

Sculpture 'Convict in Custody', created by Mr. Leon Wolowski in 1984. Leon arrived in Australia from Poland in 1949. When he retired in 1975 he took up sculpting. His works fall into two main categories, both of which depict ways of life which have long since disappeared. One of these is a collection of sculptures depicting the life of Jews in a Shtetl in Poland. The other group is 'The Australian Pioneers'. This topic was chosen because it too represents a way of life that no longer exists.

This sculpture forms part of Leon's Australian Pioneers collection, which illustrates the shared experiences of 'The Australian Pioneers' of the nineteenth century. The collection includes images of men working on the goldfields, men living and working in the bush, a convict and interaction between Aborigines and whites. Many of the sculptures depict life in the bush illustrating the theme of rural Victoria. Others show images of the working lives of men and women on the gold fields.
Clay sculpture of two men on a rectangular base. One man has a rounded belly and is dressed in long pants, shoes, a waistcoat, mid-thigh length coat, necktie and wears a small rounded hat. He holds a stout stick in one hand and a rope in another which is tied around the wrists of the other man. The convict is dressed in long pants, shoes, a knee-length coat and wears a hat with a small decoration on one side, behind him is a pile of rocks or bags.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr & Mrs Leon & Alina Wolowski, 2000
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 32 cm (Height), 22 cm (Width), 26 cm (Length)
Weight: 5.90 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: artworks, immigration, australiana, artistic practices, sculpture, artists, polish communities, polish immigration
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: sculpture
Inscriptions: On base of sculpture: L.W. 84
Maker: Mr Leon Wolowski, Victoria, Australia, 1984
Place Used: Victoria, Australia, 1984
References: Images of the Pioneers, Sculptures by Leon Wolowski. page 15.

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