KIDS: Visiting Artist - Alex Datzuk

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Visiting Artist - Alex Datzuk
 
 
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Experience Pen and Ink Art with Visiting Artist Alex Datzuk.  For tips on how to make your own art, click on the Make a Pen and Ink Drawing.  Also, be sure to visit Alex's Fine Art & Fantasy Gallery!

About Alex
{Photo of Alex Datzuk} An Artists, and Designer. Educated as a Sculptor, Printmaker, and Illustrator. Datzuk studied art at some of the finest schools in the world, including The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The Art Institute of Philadelphia. With a rich educational background, He has been able to land a few prestigious projects. Most recently he received a grant from Yale University in conjunction with the Lewis Walpole Library's fellowship with Oxford University in England. One of his high points for 1997 was the work he did for the Boston Ballet and their Spring 97 production season. Other projects include, the restoration documentation of the murals hanging in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.. Installations at The Bradley New England Air Museum, The Science Center, Mystic Marine Life Aquarium, and Mystic Seaport.

With nearly 15 years worth of experience in commercial art , he has created for some of the major players in the worldwide market. Just to drop a few names. Ducati, NEC, France Telecom, Prodigy Online, The USA Networks, Turner Broadcasting, Harman Consumer Group, the ESPN Networks, Uniroyal Chemical, Varta Batteries, International Paper, and many more.

As a "Fine Artist" he founded The Plymouth Artist Group in 1998. Sat as the Gallery Director for the Plymouth Artist Loft from 1998 through 1999. Sat on the Arts and Entertainment Council of Plymouth through 1997. He teaches privately, in several mediums, including, Clay, Pen and Ink, Additive Steel, Casting, Wood, and Stone Carving. His preferred medium is pen and ink.  See Alex's Fine Art & Fantasy Gallery

A self professed "Connecticut Yankee", Alex was born and raised in Waterbury, CT. At 22 after attending school in Philadelphia he settled into the small community of Plymouth, CT, and has been working there to the present. If you would Like to contact him for lessons, commission work, or show information, you can eMail him directly decadence@snet.net

About Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the first and oldest art school and museum in the United States. It started way back in 1791, when Charles Willson Peale began to organize an art school in Philadelphia. This group of artists was first known as the Columbianum. In 1795, the first exhibition of painting in Philadelphia was held in Independence Hall and the tradition began. After about 10 years the Columbianum became the Academy. In 1805, in Independence Hall, the first formal meeting was held. The Academy's Charter was obtained in March of 1806, stating the school was, "To promote the cultivation of the Fine Arts in the United States of America, and to enlighten and invigorate the talents of our countrymen." Artists such as William Rush, Thomas Sully, and Rembrandt Peale, were among this early group.

In 1805, Peale and Joseph Hopkinson wrote the Minister General, John Armstrong, in Paris, to enlist the help of Napoleon to gain access to the statues in the Louvre. More than fifty casts made by "Getti, Moleur du Louvre," were sent in February 1806. Drawing form the casts has been part of the training program ever since. Live models were introduced in around 1813, . Anatomy classes at the Academy during the late 1800's were probably more in-depth than any other art school in the world. Lectures in anatomy were given by physicians and professors. When the great American realist Thomas Eakins, introduced classes which actually dissected human cadavers and animal carcasses, the school was probably parallel to many Medical schools of the time.

Printmaker John Sartain. painters like Christian Schussele and Thomas Anshutz, and Robert Vonnoh, Thomas Hovenden, William Merritt Chase, and Cecilia Beaux have graced its halls. Thomas Eakins, a student at the Academy, then a faculty member, was appointed director of the School in 1882. Mary Cassatt, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Sheeler, John Sloan, Charles Demuth, Arthur B. Carles, architect Louis I. Kahn, and movie director David Lynch are all alumni of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

About Pen and Ink, and the art of the comics
{Pen and Ink Drawing} Pen and ink is a 2 dimensional art form that is nearly lost in today's immediate result culture. It is almost forgotten about except for a small group of commercial artists who spend most of there time "inking" comic books and the Sunday funnies. It was once the main form of "visual communication" in news papers and illustrated books. Today, Ink has been pushed aside by computers and photography. The time it takes to accomplish a small pen and ink drawing like Alex's varies any where 20 to 80 hours. The one thing that pen and ink does not allow is mistakes. The ink is permanent, and once it has been put to paper it is there forever. A drip of ink after 20 to 30 hours of work can be very disappointing. "I always tell my students", Datzuk says, "It's a labor of love. Don't try it if you haven't got the patience. If you do succeed in finishing the rewards are better than you can imagine. It's a sense of accomplishment that few other art forms can provide." It takes years to master all the little tweeks of pen and ink, it looks simple, a pencil, a pen, ink, and paper. Compared to oil painting the equipment is simple, cheep and easy to obtain. However to try to get the results of masters of the craft such as, Norman Lindsay, Franz Christophe, M.C. Esher, Gustave Klimt, Aubry Beardsley, or the modern comic masters like R. Crumb, Robert Williams, and Stan Lee, you have to pull out all the tricks, and that can take years of practice.
"Start slow", Alex says, "work small, and don't try to use all the different strokes in on piece."  

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