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Receiving my Master of Fine Art, Sculpture in 1980 from the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California was one step in my art education leading me to a life of self- study in the classical arts of drawing and sculpture. Studying classical artists in major museums around the world has matured my appreciation of realism as defined by today's critics.

Durer, Han Holbein and Michelangelo are artists who have greatly influenced my work. Durer's use of line in his woodcuts and his subject matter lead me to the Old Testament, out of which I have created several bronzes and gotten many ideas for stone works. Hans Holbien and his defining portraits, his use of line and ability to portray realistically his sitters reflect that he was one of the greatest draftsmen the world has ever known. When I approach my drawings I try to put into them some of that sprit. To see up close the techniques Michelangelo used to create his masterpieces was a great inspiration for me. It has influenced my subject matter and my approach when I work a piece of stone.

Living and studying in Los Angeles for three years; traveling to Europe twice - 1968 and 1974; living and studying in Italy six months in 1994; and with close ties to my family has given me a strong base from which to work. My parents, who were mature adults when they married, have educated me and provided me with life experiences that guided me into becoming a professional artist.


Commissioned Works

I am availible to do commissions in bronze, stone and watercolour. I can do portraits from a photograph or if you would like I can have you sit for your portrait (If you are in Calgary, it takes about 20 hours over several sittings). I can also paint watercolours from a photograph.

BRIAN FRANCIS PAWLAK

315- 6th Avenue NE Calgary, Alberta T2E OM1 (403) 230 -7729 brianpawlakmfa@yahoo.com

HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with the public.
  • Planned, organized, and supervised events for up to 200 people.
  • Researched historical and present day art throughout North America and Europe
  • Proven teaching skills with individuals and groups of all ages.
  • Responsible for marketing personal works of art and those created by members of Stone Sculptures Guild of North America.

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Italian

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Management & Coordination

  • Organized, researched, and secured funding for Stone Sculptors Guild of North America 1995 Symposium I Conference on Prince's Island, Calgary. Event was viewed by over 100,000 people with 2000 people participating.
  • Coordinated and supervised Guild members and volunteers; delegated assignments and acted as a mediator .

Marketing & Communications

  • Researched and arranged media, radio and newspaper coverage with Channel 7, Channel 3, Channel 6, CBC radio's Homestretch Program, City Scape Magazine, Calgary Herald, and Calgary Sun.
  • Educated the public (Approx. 2000 people) on sculptural techniques, historical facts, current art trends, and the Stone Sculptors Guild of North America's projected Stone Sculpture Park.
  • Communicated effectively with civic, provincial, and federal agencies as well as members of the private sector.
  • Prepared and presented lectures and seminars on a variety of topics.

Conservation & Museum Services

  • Performed curator work as Exhibition Coordinator for Stone Sculptors Guild of North America.
  • Performed restoration work, curator services and transportation of works of art in Los Angeles California, Washington D.C., and New York, N.Y.

EDUCATION

University of Guelph Horticulture 1, 2, and 3 through Olds College 1995

Carlo Nicoli's Studio Stone Carving Carrara Italy 1994

Otis Art Institute Master of Fine Alts Los Angeles, California 1979

Alberta College of Art and Design Diploma of Fine Arts Sculpture Calgary I Alberta 1977

INTERESTS

Weightlifting, Reading (historical), travel

REFERENCES

Available upon request

EXHIBITIONS:

  • Art Point Gallery and Studio's, Calgary, Alberta - 2014
  • Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, Ca - 2014
  • Art Point Gallery and Studio's, Calgary, Alberta - 2013
  • Studio C, Calgary, Alberta - 2013
  • Croft Gallery, Calgary, Alberta - 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Croft Gallery, Calgary, Alberta - 2003
  • Weight Performance, Calgary , Alberta - 1999
  • Ammonia Jug Performance, Downtown Calgary, Alberta - 1999
  • Mouth Wash Performance, Olympic Park Calgary, Alberta - 1999
  • Thi Chi Freeway Performance Deerfoot Trail Calgary, Alberta - 1999
  • Fence Mural (on gateway), Calgary, Alberta - 1999
  • Give ConvictsThe Vote Performance, Calgary, Alberta - 1998
  • "Where Are You?" Performance, Calgary, Alberta - 1998
  • Stone Sculptors Guild of North America,
  • Symposium I Conference, Calgary, Alberta
  • Petro Canada Centre, Calgary Alberta
  • The Art Stop, Calgary , Alberta
  • The Peter's Gallery , Calgary , Alberta
  • The XI Biennale Dantesca, Ravenna, Italy
  • Petro Canada Centre, Calgary, Alberta
  • Bar Extasi'tratto Sezze, Italy,
  • Paul Kuhn Fine arts, Calgary , Alberta
  • Sheck Gallery , Calgary , Alberta
  • Kaleidoscope Gallery , Calgary , Alberta
  • Sheck Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • Vancouver Artist Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, California
  • Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, California
  • Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • Muttart Gallery , Calgary , Alberta
  • Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Centro Dantesco, Revenna, Italy

Security Pacific Bank, Glendale, California

Chan, Chow, & Fal1inger, Calgary, Alberta

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Calgary Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Vancouver B.C., Ottawa Ontario, Canada Munich, Germany, Rome, Tratto Sezze, Ravenna Italy

GUILDS/INSTITUTIONS

Stone Sculptors Guild of North America, Founding Member

PUBLICATIONS

The Hammer and Chisel, Stone Sculptors Guild of North America

GRANTS

Elsie deWolff Foundation INC, Los Angeles, California - 1979

Art league Of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California - 1978

Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Quebec - 1978

Alberta Cultural Assistance, Edmonton, Alberta - 1977