Sugarman-Peterson Gallery, Santa Fe, NMSweet Spot, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MIWhite Christmas: The Holiday Show Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Peterson-Cody Gallery, Santa Fe, NMStill Life Now: Nine Contemporary Artists, Art Space, Lima, OHContermporary Realism, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Convention Center, Toronto CanadaYear of the Chimera 6.2, Glass Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CAPoint of Departure: Five Contemporary Realists, McAlear Gallery, Schedel Gardens, Elmore, OHGelbke Fine Arts Center, Hiram College, Hiram, OHSpring at Last, Peterson-Cody Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Peterson-Cody Gallery, Santa Fe, NMNational Contemporary Realism 2009, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OKValentine's Show 2009, Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, INSuper Real: Different Angles of Photorealism, The Citadel Art Foundation, Canadian, TXBods: The Contemporary Figure, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NYTory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WISanta Fe International Contemporary Art Fair, El Museio Cultural, Santa Fe, NMToronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario
Wolfe, Wilcox, Wojkiewicz, Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, INConcepts in Realism 2007, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, ILLos Angeles Art Show, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CAArt Miami, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FLToronto International Art Fair, Metro Convention Center, Toronto, Canada
Realism, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MIArt Miami, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FLArt Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach, FLConcepts in Realism 2006, Los Manos Gallery, Chicago, ILToledo Federation of Art Societies, Leslie Adams Gallery, Toledo, OHFresh Paint, Hudsom Gallery, Sylvania, OH
J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NYTory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WIArt Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach, FLArt Miami, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FLFruitful Abundance, Gallery at the Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, ILCHicago Contemporary and Classic Art Fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, ILXXX Three Decades of Art, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MITwelve Plus One: Concepts of Realism, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL50th Anniversary Exhibit: Then and Now, Artspace, Lima, OHDrawing on Nature, Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI
Art Chicago 2004, Navy Pier, Chicago, ILChicago Images, Frederick Baker Gallery, Chicago, ILArt Palm Beach Modern and Contermporary Fair, International Pavilion of the Palm BEacher, West Palm Beach, FLUS Artists: American Fine Art Show, 33rd Street Armory,Philadelphia, PAWalter Terhune Gallery, Owens Community College, Toldeo, OHJ. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NY2-D by Five, University Gallery, Tiffin University, OH
Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Owens Community College, Toledo, OH
Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MILanning Gallery, Columbus, OHCorbino Gallery, Long Boat Key, FL
Glass Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Transfixion (A Retrospect Exhibit of Drawings and Paintings from the Past Decade), Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OHRobert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Space Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MIToni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WILanning Gallery, Columbus, OHRenaissance Gallery, Bowling Green, OH
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MICampbell Learning Resources Center Gallery, Monroe Community College, Monroe, MISauder Visual Arts Center Gallery, Bluffton College, Bluffton, OH
Art Changes: Light-Shade and Atmosphere, Superrealists Drawings and Paintings, Robert Kuhn Gallery, Columbus, OH
J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
Illinois Arts Council Gallery, Chicago, IL
Countryside Arts Center, Arlington Heights, IL
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Dennis Wojtkiewicz is a full professor at Bowling Green State University where he has taught painting and drawing in the School of Art since 1988. He recieved his M.F.A. degree from Southeren Illinois University at Carbondale and also studied at the Atelier Neo-Medici in France under the direction of Patrick Betaudier in 1978 and 1983. He is best known for his exploration of the sensitive nature of time in his oversized oil paintings of fruit and flowers. The transitory nature of his subject matter is encapsulated and transfixed with a heightened approach to realism. In 2012 his work was included in a solo exhibition at the Sugarman-Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe as well as group shows at Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan and Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2013 he was a featured artist in Art Revolution Taipei international art fair. Since 2005 his work has been shown in other international art fairs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, Santa Fe, and Toronto. He is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowships and has both paintings and drawings represented in major pubic, private and corporate collections.
“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.
In mentioning Vermeer I would hope that, beyond technique, his influence in regards to light is readily apparent in my work. I’m also trying to approach a very traditional format, still life, in perhaps a more contemporary way - minimal in form yet very complicated in process.
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.” – Dennis Wojtkiewicz
M.F.A., Painting and Drawing, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for Painting, 2001Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for Painting, 1992
Dennis Wojtkiewicz, Kate Mesch/ The Pastel Journal, June 2005
Nature and Art Go Hand-in-Hand, Cate Roesler/The Daily Telegram (Adrian, MI), November 11, 2005
Slicing the Apple, David Dupont/The Sentinel Tribune [Bowling Green], October 2, 2003.
Galleries: Dennis Wojtkiewicz Paintings, Keri Guten Cohen/Detroit Fee Press, December 16, 2001.
With fruit as Their Focus, Trompe L’Oeil Works Slice Into Deeper Meaning, Jeanne Fryder-Kohles/Columbus Dispatch, October 14, 2001.
A Light Fantastic, Elizabeth Ann James/Short North Gazette, October 2001
Learning New Media, American Artist Magazine, June 2000
New Look at Still Life: Artists Add Twist to Genre at Lanning Show, Jacqueline Hall/Columbus Dispatch, April 9, 2000.
Food for Thought on Shape, Form, Keri Guten Cohen/Detroit Free Press, July 18, 1999.
Sail on to Where You Can Take a Fancyto Unusual Work of Art, Joy Hakanson Colby/Detroit News, July 10, 1999.
Museum Offers a Visual Treat, Lawrence Trump/Springfield(O.) News-Sun, May 20, 1999.
Coming to Life: Contemporary Style Revives Languishing Still Life Form, Pam Harbaugh/Florida Today, February 15, 1999.
Artist Advances Old Masters’ Style, Lisa Stein/Pioneer Press [Chicago Suburbs], July 23, 1998.
Horse Imagery at the Kidd is a Sure winner, Keri Guten Cohen/Detroit Free Press, December 7, 1997
Sun-kissed Still Lifes at the Robert Kidd Gallery are a Feast for the Senses, Keri Guten Cohen/Detroit Free Press, July 13, 1997.
Still Lights, Fran Watson/Cincinnati City Beat, June 5-11, 1997
Still Life Provide Dramatic, Larger-than-life Views from Above: Theatricality Pervades Many of Wojtiewicz’s Works in Lanning Show, Kay Koeninger/The Columbus-Dispatch, December 22, 1996.
Wojtkiewicz’s Still Lifes Evoke a ‘Fine and Noble’ Spirit of Art, Carroll McCune/The Sentinel Tribune, October 16, 1996.
BGSU Prof’s Work Launches Gallery, Kim Laub/The BladeRich Hues Capture Summer Vibrancy, Kay Koeninger/Columbus Dispatch, June 30, 1996. [Toledo], October 15, 1996.
Landscape an Inspiration to Many Styles of Artwork, James Auer/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 7,1996.
The Real Deal, Bart Mills/The Lima News, August 24, 1995.
Five Artist Friends Put Their Own Spins on Realism, Sally Vallongo/The Blade, September 23, 1994.
Apart From Its Name, “Illusions” A Real Success, Janice T. Paine/The Milwaukee Sentinel, April 29, 1994.
Still Life Portraits Come Alive, Mary Klemic/The Eccentric [Detroit Metro], December 30, 1993.
Bringin’ on Spring-CLC Show Blossoms Before Mother Nature, Garret Holg/Lake County News-Sun, April 1, 1993.
This “Garden” Touches, Jacqueline Hall/Columbus Dispatch, July 5, 1992.
Winning Artist Puts Theatrics in Works, Bart Mills/Lima News. N/D. 1992.
Drawings As Varied As Their Numbers, Shari Blesdoe/Virginia Gazette, April 18, 1992.
Art From Fresh Points Of View, Sally Vallongo/The Blade, May 31, 1992.
At A Glance: Museum Draws on Sketches for Exhibits, Mark St. John Erickson/Richmond-Times Dispatch, April 1992.
Two Shows Testify to Beal’s Beliefs in Figurative Art, Robert Merrit/Richmond-Times Dispatch, April 19, 1992.
These Landscapes, Figures Anything but Academic, Leslie Constable/Columbus Dispatch, November 3, 1991.
Super-Realism Underlies Artist’s Theatrical Presentation, Leslie Constable/Columbus Dispatch, September 29, 1991.
Kuhn Artists Share Their Vision, Leslie Constable/Columbus Dispatch, December 23, 1990.
Style Under Stress, Alan Artner/Chicago Tribune, June 21, 1990.
Faculty Art Show-A Study in Contrasts, Julie Fleenor/The Sentinel-Tribune, December 6, 1989.
Contemporary Art Judged, Gary Schwan/Palm Beach Post, December 1, 1989.
New Exhibitors Give Art Shows Fresh Perspective, Louise Brunner/The Blade, June 18, 1989.
37th Spring Art Show, Jerry Hertenstein/Lima News, May 21, 1989.
Local Sculptor Wins Two for One, Roger McBain/Evansville Courier, N/D. 1989.
Wojtkiewicz’s Women Hit the 80’s Mark, Alan Artner/Chicago Tribune, March 6, 1987.
Personal Views, David Elliot/Chicago-Sun Times, April 11, 1982.
City Sights, Richard Schwarze/Dayton Journal Herald, October 5, 1982.
SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Davidson Collection of American Realism, Chicago, ILHoward Tullman Collection, Chicago, ILRosenfeld, Zweig, & Associates, Northbrook, ILUniversity of South Dakota, Vermillion, SDBristol Myers, Evansville, INEvansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, Evansville, INHousehold Finance, Chicago, ILJohn Buck Realty, Chicago, ILBaxter Labs, Chicago, ILBlue C
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