JOLAN POLATSCHEK WILLIAMS 1908-1988
Landscape artist, painter of abstracts and printmaker, with a delicate sense of colour who was born in Bielitz, Austria, and initially studied in Vienna, Cracow and Munich. After meeting David Jeffrey Williams, founder of the Pit Ponies Protection Society, in 1927, at a meeting led by the Theosophical teacher Krishnamurti, the couple married in 1928 and settled in north London. The works of Rudolph Steiner, mysticism and Theosophy continued to absorb her. Jolan was now able to study at the Central and City & Guilds Schools of Art. She exhibited extensively and internationally, including RA, NEAC, RBA, LG, Leger, Redfern and Whitechapel Galleries, Senefelder Club, SWE and elsewhere. Solo shows included Wertheim, Beaux Arts and Drian Galleries, New Vision Centre and University of Surrey. Her work is in extensive collections in Britain and abroad. John Denham Gallery held a substantial retrospective in 1991.