Opening: May 7, 2016 – Saturday evening 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Informal Gallery Talk with Susan Johnson 7:00 pm
May 14, 2016 – Second Saturday Gallery Walk 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibit Dates: May 7 – June 4, 2016
Description: Theo Wujcik consistently worked to expand his range in subject and content, enlisting an array of styles that do not always conform to limiting categories. He was prolific and experimental up until his death in March, 2014. Wujcik’s paintings are multilayered in meaning and content, and take time to absorb. Wujcik was and remains an iconic figure in the Tampa Bay cultural scene and his legacy will continue to exert an impact on subsequent generations.
From 1972 until his retirement in 2003, Wujcik taught drawing, painting, and printmaking at the University of South Florida. (He was this gallery owner’s most influential college professor!). Known for his meticulous stipple engravings and sensitive portrait drawings, from 2000 forward Wujcik articulated more sociopolitical themes in his work, in addition to personal narratives. He celebrated the ironic and knew how to compose images to highlight life’s many hypocrises, from the banalities of American life (fast food, bad beer), American commercialism influencing global culture (Asian Series), to consumeristic glut (Global Warming Series). The paintings in this exhibition were curated by his widow, Susan Johnson, and represent pieces from a variety of themes the artist pursued.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm; open Sundays 12-4pm through the month of March. Events are free and open to the public.
Please contact Michele Tuegel if you would like more information. (I am trying to obtain high-resolution visual images of the paintings represented in this exhibition.) Phone (727) 823-1100. firstname.lastname@example.org