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.
At the gallery Halima promoted young modern British and European Artists and she made a pact; for every painting of her own she sold she bought a painting from her group of artists. This way she built a staggering permanent collection at the Drian totalling over 500 pieces.
In 1966 she invited the artist Doreen Heaton Potworowska to exhibit. Doreen had recently lost her husband, the famous Polish artist Peter Potworowski, and had remained in Poland after his death. Sadly this catalogue is the only remaining image of the 26 mainly tempera pictures all depicting landscapes. In it Halima Nalecz describes Doreen's work:
Her sensitive paintings fully express her vision, not losing anything with their delicacy. She opens her eye to the interior world of emotion, which is enriched by her studies at the Bath Academy, 1949-53 and travels in France, Italy and Spain. But it is Poland's rivers and plains that have inspired her latest work.
The exhibition we assume was successful and these paintings are in circulation or hanging on walls today.
John Stocks @ AM Fine Art