Son of Olympic Athlete Pays Homage to Father

Tadeusz Rut

Tadeusz Rut, born in 1931, was known to many track and field fans as one of the leading athletes of Polish Olympic “wonder team” in 1950’s and 60’s. In a country devastated by tragic history, World War II and in a grip of the stalinist, soviet regime, he and his peers, winning international trophies, were the national heroes, who elevated spirit of the nation desiring full sovereignty and recognition of its pride and traditions.

A bearer of the Polish flag in Melbourne, Australia 1956, an Olympic medalist from Rome in 1960, European gold medalist from Stockholm in 1958, and multiple Polish and European record holder in hammer throwing, Tadeusz was also a hero and inspiration for his son, Tomasz, an artist now living in Florida, named as one of the five most collectible contemporary artists by Robb Report.

Tadeusz with son Tomasz

“My father often took me with him to the games and his trainings when I was a kid”, recalls Tomasz, who despite an athletic build didn’t follow his father’s career in sports, “He even made me a little baby hammer to throw, so I hope I didn’t disappoint him too much by drawing since I was a child, instead of throwing…”

Tadeusz received the highest medals of honor from the Polish government twice: under the communist and then under the democratic rule. He was buried with honors in 2002, with most of the remaining athletic legends in attendance at the ceremony.

“I inherited my father’s many trophies and a huge commemorative album of all his action photos and press clippings, which my mother made for him in the 60’s”, says Tomasz, “I’ve felt compelled to express my own admiration for his accomplishments and I’ve recently created a painting dedicated to him”.With the upcoming 2012 XXX Olympic Games in London, where his father threw hammer in 1959, Tomasz intends to create several more paintings in memory of his father that pay homage to all of the Olympic athletes who inspire our culture and help define human ability.

Tadeusz Rut bearing the Polish flag at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

“To my dear Father…”

The painting of Tadeusz Rut, Hammer Thrower, oil on canvas, 38x58

“… and all the olympic athletes who inspire our culture and help us define human abilities.”

A quartet of studies for olympic throwers

High Jumper oil on canvas 50x32

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Painting of Pope John Paul II and President Lech Walesa

Tomasz has started a couple of new paintings dedicated to the two of his most inspirational, contemporary and historic Polish figures: the beloved Pope John Paul II and the Nobel Prize winner, most celebrated President of democratic Poland, Lech Walesa.
We hope that Mr. Rut’s artwork will become a part of the ceremony of the beatification of Pope John Paul II  in Vatican on May 1st, 2011, viewed by millions of spectators and followers.
Tomasz feels it would be his greatest honor and perhaps, the culmination of his artistic career to have his art included in the Vatican collection to accompany the greatest creators of all time, such as Michaelangelo and Raphael.

Please, stay with us for the updates of the painting’s progression and your comments are welcome…

Tomasz working on his painting of Pope John Paul II and President Lech Walesa

Progression of Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa Painting

Tomasz working on his painting of Pope John Paul II and President Lech Walesa

 

Progression of painting of Pope John Paul II and President Lech Walesa

 

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A Visit From President Lech Walesa

We were very honored on the evening of February 16 2011, to host an event and dinner with the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Solidarity Leader, and the first Democratic President of Poland Mr. Lech Walesa. Accompanying President Walesa were Lady Blanka Rosenstiel an honorary Consul of the Polish Republic and President of The American Institute of Polish Culture, Countess Barbara Pagowska-Cooper, and Mr. Piotr Gulczynski President of Lech Walesa Institute. Tomasz was delighted to cook for one of his personal heroes and prepared several dishes interpreting traditional Polish cuisine. The evening culminated in the artist presenting one of his original paintings as a gift to Mr. Walesa.  Among various topics, President Walesa and Tomasz discussed the possibility of including the Artist’s work in the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on May 1, 2011.
Tomasz Rut and President Lech Walesa

Tomasz Rut greeting President Lech Walesa at his house

Tomasz Rut and President Lech Walesa

Tomasz Rut presenting his gift to President Lech Walesa

Countess Barbara Pagowska-Cooper, Lady Blanka Rosenstiel, President Lech Walesa, and Tomasz Rut

Dinner with President Lech Wales

Appetizers with Mr. Piotr Gulczynski, Lady Blanka Rosenstiel, President Lech Walesa, and the Artist

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Florida Design Magazine – Tomasz Rut’s Home/Studio

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