Opening reception with artist present: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20th, 2019, FROM 6pm – 9pm
Piotr Antonow was born in Cracow, Poland. Early in his life, he began painting and drawing in his parents’ art studio and he continued his studies at the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Cracow. After moving to the United States in 1986, Antonow took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and privately studied painting and drawing with Gay Riseborough. He also studied under Eleanor Spiess-Ferris in the Evanston Art Center, where he now runs the figure drawing sessions.
Piotr Antonow’s paintings combine the elements of abstraction with realistic representation. His compositions allow the lines, colors, and shapes to come together to define the realistic details of the form, that brings into view a degree of the inner world and the individuality of a subject.
Antonow has been a part of many group exhibitions in Chicago including the Polish Museum of America, Peter Jones Gallery, Evanston Art Center, The Art Center Highland Park, and DreamBox Gallery, and his work is well supported by private commissions and art collectors.
Here is one artist who took a journey to cover the masters and in the process gained a new understanding of the individual range of colors used by each artist. He also learned to recognize the distinct movements of their brushstrokes and its textures left on the surface of each painting.
It has been over a year since Tom Robinson began to paint his Covering the Masters Series. It all started with a commission to copy the Johannes Vermeer’s intimate portrait from 1665 – Girl with a Pearl Earring. We all admire this masterpiece with its mysterious qualities, but only a few are lucky enough to visit the Mauritshuis Museum in the The Hague by the North Sea of Netherlands to know – what it feels like to stand intimately in front of the painting of a young woman with an enigmatic smile.
Being drawn to the experience, Robinson decided to continue and copied The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. The painting of a chained goldfinch from 1654 is another example of Dutch painter, who his friend admired. Then, the frequent visits to the Chicago Art Institute began in search of another masterpiece to cover. The Edgar Degas and “Night Hawks” by Edgar Hopper followed. At this point, he realized that he was adding just a bit to each painting and changed from ‘copying’ to ‘covering’ the Masters.”
Tom Robinson has produced a remarkable series from Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Paul Gauguin, Amedeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso. His outstanding artistic skills and the ability to look deeply into the painting resulted in quite an impressive collection.
“What I learned – To blend less, but still blend. To paint with many more colors than I had previously used, but still limit my palette. And believe that you are only limited by the restriction you put on yourself.” ( Tom Robinson)
Today, he is working on Mrs. Newton with a Parasol by James Tissot, wondering:
“Could this be my last one?”
If you’re in the area, come in and check out his amazing work.
Cup & Spoon will be open on Wednesday, March 20th from 6:30am – 10pm.
Join us also to celebrate an exceptional woman, Rosie Quasarano, who leaves her mark on our community in the WOW District (West of Western). Thank you Rosie for fueling us with coffee, and for being a great supporter of emerging artists, poets, and musicians. We wish you much happiness and success with your roasting venture, Littlefoot Coffee Roasters in Michigan.
As we say goodbye to Cup & Spoon cafe, we also welcome Todd Burbo, the new owner of the soon-to-be-launched Harrison’s Cafe & Clubhouse, who will keep the coffee coming!
DreamBox Gallery will join the celebration with an opening reception from 6pm-9pm.
DreamBox Gallery/Studio has been an artist-run alternative space for showcasing artists in the neighborhood since 2003. You can find us in the back of the café on Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm or we are open by appointment.