Born in Poland in 1925, Jerzy Marek served in the British Army in Italy during World War II and came to live in London in 1948. He worked as a civil engineer on the design of bridges until 1983, when he took early retirement. Entirely self taught, he started to paint in oils in 1970.Initially Marek painted sporting themes but later these were replaced by pastoral themes of a tranquil nature. More recently Marek concentrated on close-ups of animals painted from memory. He has exhibited in London, Glasgow, Paris, Hamburg, Warsaw and Los Angeles, his work being reproduced on numerous cards, in magazines and art books.