2010-03-19 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

The Beach Gallery Welcomes ‘Fisherman Artist’

An Example of Skowron’s work on display.  An Example of Skowron’s work on display. It has been said of Arthur Skowron’s professional painting style that it “vibrantly brings to life the action and thrill of the catch.” Working in what the artist calls his “quasi-abstract” style, each painting portrays actual species from Long Island waters. Striped bass, blues, blackfish, fluke and other species lurching for the lure, streaming underwater and crashing through the wake. One observer has written, “The trained eye recognizes the dynamic quality of these original works whose value will only increase with time as this relatively yet unknown artist grows in popularity and gains notoriety with collectors. But these works should really be collected for their stunning beauty alone. They speak to the heart of the devoted fisherman whose life is engaged in the love of the pursuit.”

Skowron is a Polish-American artist, musician, poet and educator living in the Rockaways. He studied at New York’s High School of Art and Design, graduating as valedictorian of art. He has received a B.A. in fine arts from Queens College. Skowron has displayed his work in ten solo exhibits and more than four dozen group shows. He holds several art awards, including the Alexander Medal, the Ralph Sansone Scholarship, the PSC Scholarship, and Best Oil Painting/Artsplash 2009. Arthur is a member of the Emotionalism Art Group and the Rockaway Artists Alliance. He does painting, printmaking, and black and white photography. When he is not busy making art, you can often find him on the beach, pursuing his other passion – fishing.

“His work stands out with daring expression. His sense of color is outstanding, and his drawing technique could easily be the envy of many artists,” sculptor Lubomir Tomas zewski has said. “In his photographs, Arthur Skowron translates the tactile sensibilities of his paintings into the tonal sensuality of his black and white prints to create images that are visually rich and emotionally provocative. The photographs in his recent series ‘Touch,’ ‘Oracle’ and ‘My Roots’ demonstrate Arthur’s lyrical use of composition and his passion for light and form,” comments photographer Tony Gonzales.

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