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This is a close up of the wax and acrylic technique, you can see the brushstrokes being pulled apart by gravity.


Man 8 Painting

Joe Turek

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Paper

Size: 18 W x 20 H x 0.1 D in

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Originally listed for $1,600
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About The Artwork

When I began working as a teacher I had this tendency to try and control my students. Preparing lessons for them created mores stress and nothing got done. The work I make now turns this stress into images. My current work is an unorthodox combination of two painting media, acrylic and encaustic. They do not mix, instead I layer the acrylic atop the wax and melt it at an angle thus fusing the acrylic paint inside of the wax as you would in a collage. The resulting image is like seeing a brushstroke pulled apart into its strands and collapsed in a pile. Previous layers of paint come to fore, the paint gets turned inside out. The work has become a surrogate for the uncontrollable. I subject my paintings to heat stress and as a result the subjects of my paintings struggle to maintain their image in the work and in real life. I paint on wax because I cannot count on my decisions, these melted paintings become unreliable sites of intention.

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Painting:Acrylic on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:18 W x 20 H x 0.1 D in

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Joe Turek received a BFA from Clarke University and a master's from Syracuse University. In addition to his creative output as an artist he was the assistant director of Talent Agency Teen Portfolio Development Inc. and a public school art teacher as well for over eight years. His current body of work is a process of undoing a portrait. A full lifelike or abstract portrait of a powerful person is painted using acrylic on encaustic wax. The wax is melted away to reveal the final portrait.

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