Sunday, December 7, 2008

Can this be colored pencil?

Sisters I - color pencil and nero pencil - 36.5" x 33"

There it is again, you know, the question..."that's colored pencil?" First they doubt you because they cannot see how, then it's the wonder and amazement as they finally begin to accept the fact. But this time it's me! I am the one whos jaw has dropped as I stare and marvel, all the while thinking, could it really be? Yes, indeed it is. These beautiful colored pencil pieces, I'm just reminding you they were done in colored pencil, were done by an artist named Bill Vuksanovich

The backgrounds of "Sisters I" and most likely "Sisters II" were done with a nero pencil.
What more can I say? Oh, I know, I wonder how long it took him to do that? How about it, do you want to say "WOW" with me?
I wish I could make them really large so we could all see the detail but that's all I could get.

Sisters II, 2007, color pencil, 41" x 32.5"

Rose II, 2001 watercolor, pencil, and color pencil, 30" x 22.5"

Bio: Bill Vuksanovich was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1938 and came to Chicago in 1952, where he resides today. He attended the American Academy of Art and the School of Professional Art, both in Chicago.

His main body of work includes larger-than-life size photo-realistically rendered drawings. He portrays his figures in the frontal position, so that the image and viewer become involved in a confrontation with one another. This offers an emotionally and psychologically loaded presentation that never fails, to engage.

In 1992, a distinguished committee of leading art professionals awarded Vuksanovich a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant. And in 2001 he participated in the Identities: Contemporary Portraiture exhibition at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ.

If you'd like to see more of his work click here: Koplin del Rio & Forum Gallery

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