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To The Lighthouse

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To The Lighthouse. Leonard Koscianski, 42″x26″, oil on canvas, 2016.

To the Lighthouse is a medium size painting, in oils on canvas. It is Postmodern Art in style in that it combines styles from the past, to create an eclectic whole. Surrealism is combined with American Primitive art creating a dreamlike scene of life on the shore. Annapolis is a boating haven, and lighthouses are a major attraction on the Atlantic Coast. Artists Grant Wood, Giorgio de Chirico, and Chicago artist Roger Brown are major influences of this work.

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The Fisherman

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The Fisherman. Leonard Koscianski, 42″x26″, oil on canvas, 2016.

The Fisherman is a medium size painting in oils on canvas. It is an imaginary reconstruction of my favorite fishing spot, near my house, on Spa Creek, in Annapolis. The best time for fishing here is early in the morning, when the night is turning into day. In the painting, it is morning in the foreground, and still night in the blue background. It is Postmodern in that it appropriates different styles and recombines them into an eclectic whole.

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Summer Morning

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Summer Morning. Leonard Koscianski, 42″x26″, oil on canvas, 2016.

Summer Morning is a medium size painting in oils on canvas. It is a surreal recreation, from imagination of my morning run in Annapolis. The curved space exaggerates the perspective shift from an over head view in the foreground to straight out in the distance. The early morning light transitions to darkness, as the viewer travels along the road, with warm light pouring out of the small house, and a small dog waiting in the door for the runner to pass.

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Messaging

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Messaging. Leonard Koscianski, 9″x12″, tempera on panel, 2016.

Messaging is a small painting in egg tempera on a wood panel. Though imaginary, it is based on a model created first in a 3D animation program. The program determines the perspective, based on the point of view. Oil glazes were applied over the tempera to create the finished colors. The oil glazes give the colors a more luminous appearance.

The scene with its rows of identical suburban houses owes a debt to American Scene painter George Tooker. The figure in the window is texting on a smart phone, while a dog lurks outside. The eclectic combination of styles and subjects makes this a Postmodern art work.

Village Green

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Village Green. Leonard Koscianski, 26″x42″, oil on canvas, 2016.

Village Green is a medium size painting in oils on canvas. Painted from the imagination, it is a horizontal composition where the perspective is exaggerated. The viewer looks down up close and straight out in the distance, where the headlights of cars can be seen on the winding road. The foreground has an early morning light while the background is still in darkness. This suggests a passage of time that parallels the movement into the distance. A woman is running along the road in the foreground, as blue jays fly in from the right. A man looks our his window. The severe simplicity of the houses and the curved space make this a surrealist painting.

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