A VISIT to a rooftop flat in Meads has left me breathless, and not just because of the stairs.

By Gail McKay

Gaynor Sadlo, widow of the most famous artist you’ve never heard of Alexander Sadlo, has an almighty collection of her husband’s work.

Unable to finish his art studies in Prague, Alexander escaped the Communist invasion and spent 18 months in a refugee camp in Austria before being accepted as an émigré into Australia in 1950.

Alex was a pioneer in the modern art movement in Australia, and developed his skills in many mediums. He created contemporary jewellery conceptualised as ‘art to wear’.

The Sadlos settled in England in 1972 and Alex spent his last five years in Eastbourne. An exhibition of his work will be at the new Gallery@42 in South Street, Eastbourne next month. It will celebrate his long time interests, human figures in the midst of movement.

 It will bring a whole range of his figurative paintings together from the past 50 years and will feature ceramics created by Gaynor from Alex’s designs.

The exhibition will run from: 3rd – 18th February 2024 12pm – 6pm

Gallery@42 42 South Street Eastbourne BN21 4XB

galleryat42@gmail.com www.galleryat42.co.uk