Friday, July 22, 2011

Collector's Dream ~ Thomas Pradzynski

RARE Works by Thomas Pradzynski, released from private collection and available to the public.

On Exhibit:

Friday, July 22nd. 7pm - 1:30am
The Dunes
1402 Meridian Pl. NW.
DC. 20010

Free admission.
Cash & credit bar.
~ DJ SoulCall Paul ~

Highly collectable, famed Artist Thomas Pradzynski was a modern realist painter born in Lodz, Poland, on November 29, 1951. His detail, mood, and method are highly evocative, stunning representations. An exile living with his wife in Paris, Pradzynski met a tragic end in 2007, and his loss in the art world has been felt ever since.

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“When describing my art it is important to stress I do not try to either imitate hyper-realism or tromp l’oeil (deceive the eye). I attempt to romanticize the empty streets and the traces of the past and preserve places that are slowly disappearing. I am interested in detail and try to create an anecdote. I use light by manipulating reflections that come and go, and animating the beauty of a deserted street. I am fascinated with big cities like Paris and New York, and from their streets I try to find new visual realities for others to enjoy and discover. I love the past and present in every-day life and I hope to create that feeling in my art. At times I create a painting from a composition of several elements existing in different places, thus creating an ideal image to me. A lot of people see nostalgia in my paintings. It is a feeling I look for in places where life has stopped or is changing.
~ Thomas Pradzynski

What is a Serigraph?

"Serigraphy is the name commonly used for fine art prints created using the silk-screen technique, the word coming from the Greek roots of seri (silk) and graph (write or draw).

As a screen image is printed, the layers of stencil tend to erode due to the friction caused by the squeegee used to press the ink through the screen. Thus the serigraphic process inherently can create only limited edition prints.

Fine artists create limited edition silk-screens by applying layer upon layer of pigment to the print surface by pressing it through a mesh screen containing a stencil. The process commonly uses inks for pigment and stencils made of a variety of materials. Paper and plastic cutouts can be used as stencils, but using stencil fluid, which is applied like paint to the screen using a brush, stylus, or palette knife, creates a more “painterly” look. When the liquid stencil dries, it prevents the transfer of ink through the screen at that location, creating a "negative space" on the print. The artist has to think backward from the normal process of adding pigment to a surface to remain visible (defined as an additive process). In serigraphy, the pigment is added to the print surface to cover much of the previous layers, with the stencil allowing only the desired pigments to remain untouched and visible in the final print. For this reason, serigraphy is called a reductive process.

Additionally, variables in the process of hand-pulling serigraphs mean that each individual print is slightly different from each other print in the edition. Minor deviations in color registration, ink distribution, and even intentional variations injected by the artist yield individual prints that are truly "one-of-a-kind." For this reason, collectors as legitimate, collectible fine art investments consider serigraphs." - Knottywood Treasures

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