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The Photographer & The Block

Art Lovers | 31 October 2019

An imaginative Art Piece by a Ballarat based artist features in the Oslo Hotel Renovation on Channel Nine’s The Block.

St Kilda’s Oslo Hotel has had a major makeover on this season’s The Block, and the infamous rebel couple Jesse and Mel have selected a large Unicorn artwork to feature in their renovation. The artwork – made by Polish-born Australian artist Aldona Kmiec, who now lives and works in Melbourne and Ballarat  – is part of a collection of limited edition prints, available for purchase from Art Lovers Gallery.

Unicorns are Real by Aldona Kmiec

From a series called ‘Dreamscapes’, Unicorns Are Real captures the free-spirited personality of one of the artist’s close friends. Having grown up surrounded by conflict and hardship, Kmiec says that her creativity and imagination saved her from being paralysed by grief.

“When I was a child there wasn’t any money for anything extra like newspaper or magazines, and every cent we had was spent on necessities like food etc,” says Kmiec.

“The first photographs I ever saw were ones from the family album after the WWII that my Grandmother kept hidden in her secret handbag. I would beg her to tell me stories about them.” Kmiec says this desire spurred her imagination, and was developed as a survival mechanism.”

Aldona Kmiec

Aldona Kmiec has exhibited her work throughout Australia, Poland and the UK. While thrilled to have one of her art photographs featured on TV, Kmiec hopes to inspire viewers’ curiosity in the power of photography as a medium for self-expression.

Unicorns Are Real’ artwork featured on The Block and other limited edition prints of Aldona’s photographs are available for purchase from Art Lovers Gallery here.

***Watch Jesse & Mel’s room reveal with Aldona’s artwork on The Block this weekend.


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