Grandma's Cups

TAM BODKIN BRYK
Grandma's Cups, oil on canvas, 14" x 24"

"I am a native of western New York state. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, living in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco before moving to Iowa City in 1990. I began oil painting at the age of seven and it has been my passion ever since. Although I have painted many landscape and figure pieces, I prefer to concentrate primarily on Classical still-lifes. I often enjoy pushing the genre to photo realism. I also frequently paint in the trompe l'oeil style. Trompe l'oeil is a French term which literally means "trick the eye." Sometimes called Illusionism, it's a style of painting which gives the appearance of three-dimensional, or photographic, realism. Trompe artists are both visually clever and intellectually serious. They toy with their viewers, forcing the observer to raise questions about the nature of art and perception. In each painting I carefully choose my "subjects" so that they play off one another in the attempt to delight and entertain the onlooker.

"My art reflects both my classical training as well as the influence of other realists, contemporary and historical. I have studied with such notable realists as Marc Chatov, Constantin Chatov, M. aligur-Doering, and Ramona Simonovich."

text and image from The Chait Galleries Downtown

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