Do you like surprises? Try Abstract in Acrylics
James Grabowski, a versatile artist skilled at creating anything from enormous abstracts to seaside landscapes, will be providing an overview of his work, techniques, and the process for creating abstracts using acrylics on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The program will be presented from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Welles Turner Memorial Library on in Glastonbury and is free to the public.
One thing James feels is important to his work is incorporating a feel of adventure and “unpredictability” into his work. As he says, “you want to have surprises.” For this reason, he never draws preliminary outlines, instead “letting the first stroke dictate what the next one is going to be.” A prolific painter and aficionado in both realism and the abstract, James has covered thousands of canvases of varying sizes, ranging from medium – a 24 in. x 30 in. – to colossal, his largest being a 9 ft. x 13 ft. diptych at the New Britain General Hospital. A diptych consists of two paintings designed to work as a single composition. James believes that the key to success is to “capture the imagination of people,” and though a veteran in the field, he never hesitates to try something new with his work. His constant innovation exemplifies the enthusiastic artist he is.
James graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1966 and, after a year of teaching art in Meriden, CT, he returned to Central to pursue his Master’s degree. Next, he spent a few years teaching in West Hartford, and at the Institute of Living in Hartford. He focused on encouraging students to find ways to succeed in expressing themselves. However, during his time as a teacher, he also found that he needed to do more; he needed to create. He cites his first “big break” as Glastonbury Arts’ own “On the Green” Show Fine Art & Craft Show. He continues to honor his roots by devoting himself to the continued success of “On the Green.”
After 20 years of doing shows, James was able to cut back on the traveling and make a career producing work for his client base and selling through art galleries across New England. Now a successful and renowned commission artist, it is sometimes necessary that he paint for an audience. Nevertheless, he remains true to himself. He has amassed an impressive collection of clients, including many well-known corporations, including Aetna Life and Casualty, IBM, The Marriott, Harvard Business College, Apple, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Otis Elevators, and American Airlines. Locally, The Hartford Insurance, Bristol Public Library, St. Francis Hospital, and Gideon Wells School are just a few lucky owners of his work.
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