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Jacek Pakula was  born in Poland and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. His unique work expresses an internal landscape with visceral power whilst using a variety of mediums including acrylic, oils, oil pastels on range of different supports from paper through to canvas and boards. The viewer is gripped both by their dynamic colours and a childlike hand. The Artist’s ‘Faces’ collection of vibrant oil pastel portraits and visions is inspired by an obvious connection to the tradition of mask making.  With arresting colours and patterns that are also newly raw and unmediated these works offer the viewer a vision-like invitation to enter another dimension of awareness.


“What I liked were: absurd paintings, pictures over doorways, stage sets, carnival backdrops, billboards, bright-coloured prints; old-fashioned literature, church Latin, erotic books full of misspellings, the kind of novels our grandmothers read, fairy tales, little children’s books, old operas, silly old songs, the nave rhythms of country rimes. I dreamed of Crusades, voyages of discovery that nobody had heard of, republics without histories, religious wars stamped out, revolutions in morals, movements of races and continents: I used to believe in every kind of magic”

Arthur Rimbaud, from “Alchemy of the Word.” A Season in Hell (1873).


This piece of poetry evokes in my mind the young me and my point of view of life.  Even though it was written in a different time and place a hundred years earlier by a poet this piece of prose conjures up the magic of life as a young artist.

I like to travel.  When I was a child I explored nearby forests and towns then cities in Poland then different countries and then different continents. I have found that movement and change of locations sits at the core of my creative forces.  

During my travels I was amazed how faces where changing, how languages they spoke shaped their faces differently and how each country had their own and very interesting gestures and facial expressions. I like to paint the faces I have met during my excursions and filter them through my mind. I am interested in the cultural richness and rituals of first peoples across the world, which also flows through my work. 

I am not a painter in traditional style I feel a more like an emotional giant crayon.



1979 Born in Kozienice, Poland

Lives in Melbourne, Australia 


2005 Bachelor Degree of Information and Library Science 

Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

2012 Graduate Certificate in Visual Art

Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia


2012 Graduate Show, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

2016 Faces, Masks and Other Visions, Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Private Collections in Poland and Australia