My first strong memories of images came from art books I checked out from the public library over and over again. One particular series of books contained many stylized images outlined with a thick black line. I would spend hours drawing and tracing the patterns often times turning them into faux stained glass with colored tissue paper glued between black construction paper. These books as well as school workbooks influenced my fourty years of art work.
After I became old enough to peruse the art shelves by myself, I discovered a whole new world through art. Matisse and Picasso were my favorite artists because they often used strong lines to delineate shapes and forms; I studied their works and copied their styles.
Later, when I became a teacher, I was drawn to my students spontaneous, bold imagery. Young children draw simply with strong lines often dictated by the materials they use. I had a fascination with watching them work and develop an art vocabulary. I enjoyed the years I worked with children because I was always a part of their wonder, their exploration of themselves and their world.
When I was creating this body of work, I thought about my early contact with books, my childhood art, my family and the impact they had encouraging me to create. That has led to the use of retro images, intense layering and stenciling.
About Paul Hrusovsky
Paul Hrusovsky earned a BFA in painting and an MA in art education from Ohio University and completed post graduate studies at Washington University. He has exhibited widely and his paintings can be found in the numerous private and corporate collections. An arts advocate and educator, he has taught students at every level from kindergarten through university.
POST GRADUATE WORK
Washington University, St. Louis, Mo
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. MA in Art
Education,teaching fellowship, 1971-72.
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. BFA in
painting, graduated Magna Cum Laude, 1967-70.
Glaxo, RTP, NC
Durham Public Library
Crum and Forster, Durham, NC
Raleigh Federal Savings and Loan
University Club, Durham, NC
Allenton Realty, Durham, NC
Central Carolina Bank
Montrose Capital, Inc, Durham, NC
NCCAT, Cullowhee, NC
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Boatman’s Bank, St. Louis, Mo.