Ohio-based, American Hyperrealist painter Dennis Wojtkiewicz, explores the sensitive nature of time in his oversized oil paintings of fruit and flowers. While the realism is impressive, it’s Wojtkiewicz’s use of light and translucence that allows each painting to take on a meditative quality.
Regarding his work, Wojtkiewicz states:
“Each painting is constructed by beginning with a monochrome underpainting in the complement of the featured subject. Subsequent layers of semi-opaque through to transparent colors follow with up to ten passes before the end result is achieved. The process is in essence a modified version of techniques used by Northern European Masters, Vermeer being of the greatest in influence.”
“There are a number of elements in the visual undertow which function as metaphor or representation of themes such as spirituality, relationships (or lack thereof), reproduction and, generally speaking, the transitory nature of most stuff. When I go into the studio it is with the intent of imbuing the paintings with a living spirit and to realize something that will connect with the viewer on a sensual if not metaphysical plane.”
Wojtkiewicz is a professor at the Bowling Green State University where he has taught painting and drawing in the School of Art since 1988. His works have been in an impressive list of exhibits, collections and publications.
All Images © Dennis Woitkiewicz