Kryczka’s recent drawings are rooted in his foundation as a figurative artist. Smudges of charcoal and pastel smoke cloud the page, ghostly bullets ricochet through a narrow alley, and soldiers make their way slowly through tall grass and forests. Young men grin for a group photograph or stand in taut silence, anticipating action and death.
In his momento mori (meaning, “remember you will die”) paintings, Marion groups objects such as knives, necklaces, dead birds and skulls in arrangements that suggest Renaissance “vanitas” paintings, using allegory to point to the futility of earthly ambitions and accomplishments. Kryczka observes that, “Objects, once arranged, are no longer that same. They take on a… Continue reading Still Life and Vanitas
“As satisfying as the concentration on still life painting is, I still religiously continue to draw the figure at least once a week. The direct and experiential nature of figure drawing has been an indispensable practice to me as a perceptual painter. I find that the two subjects now more richly inform one another and… Continue reading Figures