This is the archive of Dr Adam Jan Dutkiewicz, artist, writer, art historian, researcher, editor, publisher, book designer, proof reader, catalogue designer, exhibition curator and specialist in South Australian modernist art and enthusiast for post-war architecture and design.
It includes material concerning Moon Arrow Press, his small publishing house, and earlier formative ventures in publishing, his history projects for other organisations, his essays on art and art history, and his own artistic output as a painter and photographer.
Adam is the second son of Polish-origin Australian modernist painter Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz, and nephew of Ludwik Dutkiewicz, abstract and expressionist painter and botanical artist at the State Herbarium in Adelaide. His brother Michal Dutkiewicz is an illustrator, comic book artist and commercial artist par excellence (a true wizard in Photoshop) and his sister Ursula a ceramist, sculptor and mosaic artist based in Melbourne.
He is an Honorary Life Member and Past President of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Incorporated, and was art critic for The Advertiser and The Independent Weekly in Adelaide and the South Australian contributing critic for Business Review Weekly around the turn of the century. He also wrote for Art Monthly Australia (online) and was contributing editor for Australian Modern Design, published in Brisbane. He has exhibited his paintings in Sydney and Adelaide. He is currently Honorary Historian for the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, having completed editing and compiling two volumes of A Visual History: The Royal South Australian Society of Arts, 1856-2016 in 2016/17, which featured the early history, Presidents, Officials and Honorary Life Members of the society in the first, and significant artists, from 1909 until the present, in the second. He has also produced research documents on early colonial and other 19th century artists associated with the Society. This work received recognition in 2022 when the South Australian History Council awarded him as Historian of the Year.
Since completing his PhD on post-war abstract painting in Australia, at the turn of the century, Adam has written, co-authored, contributed to or edited (and often designed) 25 books on South Australian art, design and architecture and its artists, most of which can be investigated on this site. He produced 14 of these titles under the Moon Arrow imprint, now closed.
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