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Dennis Wojtkiewicz defies the destructive nature of time passing in his large scale, photo realistic paintings of fruit and flowers.  Using a technique perfected by Vermeer and other Northern European masters, he captures and enhances the transitory nature of his subject matter.  “Each painting is constructed by beginning with a monochrome under painting in the complement of the featured subject.  Subsequent layers of semi-opague through to transparent colors follow with up to ten passes before the end result is achieved.”  In explaining the meditative qualities of the work, Wotjkiewicz says, “There are a number of elements in the visual undertow which function as a 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.”  His work is currently on exhibit at the Castle Gallery.

Dennis J. Wojtkiewicz

Dennis J. Wojtkiewicz

Dennis J. Wojtkiewicz

Dennis J. Wojtkiewicz

Dennis J. Wojtkiewicz

Dennis J. Wojtkiewicz

Dennis J. Wojtkiewicz

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“We could go on and on about the Faber Castell Artist Pen’s precision and control, but we thought we’d just show you.”  Pen company Faber Castell hired the agency of Ogilvy and Mather Singapore to re-create masterpieces by Vermeer, Van Gogh, and Da Vinci using their Artist Pen.  The remarkable thing about the publicity stunt is that artist Chan Hwee Chong drew each image with a single, unbroken line.  See the video at the bottom to see how he did it.

Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

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Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

-Jayme Catalano