Thursday, May 7, 2009
We will miss you Art.
You will be greatly missed by all your friends here at Cutter and Cutter Fine Art. Our only hope is that your spirit will continue on through the art you have left behind and that it will always touch the hearts of those who come to view it.
Arthur Fronckowiak (1949-2009)
Art Fronckowiak's distinctive style and technique is immediately recognized throughout the country. His landscapes, reminiscent of the renowned Hudson River School, have a soft, romantic quality that readily evokes mood and atmosphere. His floral, architectural works create a sense of peacefulness and invite the viewer to linger and enjoy. Each fresh look at a Fronckowiak painting reveals a new element, a new detail not seen before. Fronkowiak is perhaps best known for his oversize tropical and European landscapes. Voted Best Florida Artist in 1995 and named to Who’s Who in American Art in 1997, Fronckowiak’s distinctive style and technique is immediately recognized throughout the world.
With a history of commissioned work for corporate and private collectors, Fronckowiak brings a wide range of subject matter and painting styles to the contemporary canvas. His "first love" however, lies in the rich values of the traditional romantic landscape. All of his works reflect a special attention to the play of light and shadow from bright to extreme dark. His floral-architecturals create a sense of peacefulness and invite the viewer to linger and enjoy. Fronckowiak’s palette and technique are reminiscent of an "old world" blend of light, color and composition characteristic of the classical works of our past. He has spent many years at crafting the look, feel and presence of the early masters from the European "Barbizon" painters to the “Hudson River"' period in this country. His canvases reflect that quiet timelessness translated through the modern medium of acrylic oils developed to museum quality standards. Fronckowiak’s current effort is the emergence of an "Old Florida" style, calling to mind the influence of Old Masters such as Herzog, Inness and Bierstadt. "There is a romance in this place, its wilderness and its past, that transcends the modern look so characteristic of the contemporary Florida art scene."
Self-educated in his craft, Fronckowiak never set out to become an artist; from the earliest years of childhood drawings on wallpaper scraps, painting has been a part of his life. Born in 1949, Fronckowiak developed his skill by spending thousands of hours learning, he says, through, “trial and error”. His work has received wide recognition, numerous awards and has been exhibited extensively. Art Fronckowiak’s studio and home was in Venice, Florida.