Wednesday, December 01, 2004

A research interest, Stanislaus Ostoja Kotkowski

My son Dave and I share a common interest in researching the life and work of this gentleman, better known as Stan Ostoja. He lived in Australia from the early 1950's worked in textiles, stained glass, set design for theatre, opera. He was a Churchill Fellow , experimenting with lasers and electronic music. He was a photographer etc, etc. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory has at least one of his works, "Red Centre" This photo is from the collection of the National Archives of Australia as well as our own Ostoja archive

See Wikepedia entry created by Dave at >Ostoja


Anonymous said...


We live in Stans old house in the Adelaide hills and I've collected quite a bit of info on him. He lived and worked in this place for 50 years. I hadn't seen this picture (on your site before) it's a great one.



Anonymous said...

Great to see your site. I have now posted information about Staislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski at

Stan was one of Australia's great artists whose work has largely been dismissed. I believe the reason for this is that he was excellent at all he did. The art world in Australia likes to put an artist in a pigeon hole, neatly defined as a painter, a musician, a writer etc. Stan moved easily from one discipline to another and was too hard to confine to a simple definition.

It is good to see that there is a developing interest in his work and i am sure that he will take his place amongst the pioneers of art in the twentieth century. If he had worked in places other than Australia he would be in every book on art produced since the second half of the twentieth century.

Dr Ian Macdonald