Edward Marecak 1919-1993
One of the most popular artists in the Kirkland collection is Edward Marecak. The son of Slovakian parents who emigrated from the Carpathian Mountains, Marecak was raised on a farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The Slovakian folktales of his youth are a common theme in his colorful paintings.
Marecak studied art at the Cleveland Institute of Art; the same school where Vance Kirkland had studied a few years earlier. During the summer of 1942, he studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art before entering the U.S. Army and serving in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. His wife, ceramist Donna Marecak, believed that the harsh winters in Ohio and his military service in Alaska led to the common theme of the “Winter Witch” that often appeared in his paintings.
After his military service, Marecak studied mural painting and lithography at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Beginning in 1957, Marecak began a twenty-five year career teaching art in the Denver Public Schools. Many of his students who visit Kirkland Museum remember him fondly.
Several of Edward Marecak’s works, as well as Donna’s, are in the collections at Kirkland Museum. In the shop, we had limited edition dessert plates featuring Edward’s “Fish” and “Apprentice Witch” designs. These were produced by DoveTail Pottery exclusively for Kirkland Museum during our Marecak exhibition in 2008. We also carry the extraordinary retrospective book “The Art of Edward Marecak”.