Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz was a painter, sculptor, writer, actor, stage designer and theatre director. After arriving in Adelaide in 1950 he was first noticed for his set designs for plays. He made a strong impact on art in South Australia with his forceful expressionist paintings and experimental modes of abstraction.
By the decade’s end he was included in publications on Australian art and international exhibitions. He formed the Art Studio Players, working with The Method from 1959-62, directed two plays for the Adelaide University Theatre Guild, in 1959 and 1967, and later appeared as an actor in several television dramas in Melbourne. In the 1950s and 1960s he was widely regarded as a leader of the lively modern art movement in Adelaide.