Mario Dubsky (1939 - 1985) was an artist born in London to Viennese Jewish parents who had converted to Christianity.
Accepted at the Slade School of Fine Art at the unusually young age of 17, Dubsky's early work was influenced by the work of the Anglo-Jewish artist David Bomberg, a Slade School alumnus of 40 years earlier. Dubsky was included in the New Generation show at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1966 and 1968. Awarded a Harkness Fellowship, he traveled to New York, where he lived from 1969 until 1971 In New York, Dubsky and John Button co-created a large mural in paint and collage at the then headquarters of the Gay Activists Alliance. The mural was lost in the arson attack that destroyed the building.
In the late 1960s, Dubsky developed a more abstract colour field manner of painting with figuration, as in the large-scale Laocconese of 1968 at University College London, named after the classical sculpture, the Laocoon.
From the 1970s, Dubsky liked to sketched prehistoric bone and skeleton forms at the Natural History Museum and returned to expressionist figuration. His last solo exhibition X Factor at South London Gallery in 1983 contained Cabaret Valhalla now held by the Tate Galler. His poems and illustrations in Tom Pilgrim's Progress Among The Consequences of Christianity, London, 1981. with an introduction by Edward Lucie-Smith, was claimed by the artist as his angry response to the 1977 Blasphemy Trial of Gay News.
Dubsky's work is held in a number of public collections.
Based on a Wikipedia article.
- http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/101064268/Mario-Dubsky "Mario Dubsky", Oxford DDNB
- Patrick Proctor; Self-Portrait, London, 1991, pp.34-35 ISBN 0297811665
- Rich Wandel, Photo of Agit-Prop Photo Montage Mural by Mario Dubsky and John Button, 1971, 2.4m x 10m, National Archives of Lesbian and Gay History, New York.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/your_paintings/paintings/laocoonese-42053 (dead link|date=November 2013)
- X Factor, Exhibition Catalogue, intro by Peter de Francia, South London Art Gallery, London, May 1984, p.20
- http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/dubsky-cabaret-valhalla-t04908 "Cabaret Valhalla", Mario Dubsky, Tate
- Gay Men's Press London 1981, ISN 0907040098
- X Factor, Exhibition Catalogue, South London Art Gallery, London, May 1984 pp.26-30
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/mario-dubsky "Watch a slideshow of 12 paintings by Mario Dubsky". BBC