Chippenham Museum have purchased 3 oils by British artist Doreen Heaton Potworowska for their permanent collection. Doreen studied at Corsham School of Art in the early 1950's where she met her husband to be, Polish artist Peter Potworowski.
Born in 1917 in Poland, Halima Nalecz came to Britain after the war and was horrified to find that you couldn't buy Modern Art of any description on Bond Street. To rectify this she opened her own gallery which she called The Drian Galleries - A homage to the artist Piet Mondrian who was one of her heroes.
Doreen Heaton was a young art school student at Corsham College of Art when she met and fell in love with the charismatic Polish painter, Peter Potworowski.
Peter (a veteran of the first world war Uhlan Lancers fighting against the Germans, a student of Ferdinand Leger in Paris and a member of the Capist group (Polish colourists) of artists) arrived in Britain in 1943 after the fall of Poland. In 1949 he was made professor of painting at Bath by the brilliant head, Clifford Ellis. There he worked along side the likes of William Scott and Peter Lanyon.
Within a few months of Peter's arrival Doreen had moved into his apartment and when he moved to Pickford it is assumed she accompanied him there. In the 1950’s Doreen and Peter travelled in the Mediterranean, both painting extensively. In 1958, Peter was invited by the Polish government to come back and be Professor of painting in Poznan for 1 year, but they never left, staying until Peter died in 1962.
John Stocks @ AM Fine Art