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 decadeâ€™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 â€™60s he was widely regarded as a leader of the lively modernist movement in Adelaide.