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.
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.
Craven-Allen Gallery, two-person show.
Durham Arts Guild Juried Show, August
Craven-Allen Gallery, invitational show,
Tyndall Galleries, two person show, July 2004
2003, 2004, 2005
Crook’s Corner, January 2003
Craven-Allen Gallery, September 2002
Crook’s Corner, January 2000
Craven-Allen Gallery, November 2000
Craven-Allen Gallery, two person show,September 1999
Chelsea Gallery, WCU, October 1994
Somerhill Gallery, June 1993, October 1990, August 1986
Wake Visual Art Show, May 1991
ACLU Art Show, May 1991
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.