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The Rock-itt : December 2011
Robert Florczak (cont’d) Academic and Victorian narrative painters of the 19th Century, such as Leighton, Bouguereau and Alma-Tadema, as well as the majestic landscapes of Bierstadt, Church and Moran. Whether working in layers of transparent oil glazes or meticulously rendered pencils and watercolours, Robert brings to his paintings a depth and attention to detail and themes uncommon in contemporary art. His designs and technique have been compared to the classical imagery of the Pre-Raphaelites and have been described as "Caravaggio crossed with Maxfield Parrish."(School Library Journal, 10/5/95) According to one reviewer, Robert's landscapes are "reminiscent of ambitious paintings from the Hudson River School."(Booklist, ouguereau, and Alma-Tadema, Along with a vast amount of cinema art, posters, album covers, book and magazine illustration, etc, Robert has produced the artwork for eight published picture books. Florczak's premiere book, "The Rainbow Bridge" was an American Bookseller Pick of the List. Following were "Rough Sketch Beginning" and "Birdsong". All three books were published by Harcourt. For HarperCollins, Robert created the art for "The Persian Cinderella" (the book was on the master list for the 2001 Texas Bluebonnet Award). Charles Dickens' "The Magic Fish-bone" (Harcourt), with Florczak's captivating paintings, was released in 2000. "A Cowboy Christmas" (Simon & Schuster, 2001), was followed by "YIKES!!!", his first self-authored book, which was published by Scholastic's Blue Sky Press, and in 2004 "Horses Of Myth" was published by Dutton. For the Japanese limited edition art market, 2007 saw Robert Florczak's completion of an eight piece series of elaborate oil paintings titled "Romance In Paradise".Robert Florczak lives in southern California. A short video of his work and career can be viewed at:http://www.vimeo.com/2033845 Distance Thoughts 2004 (oil) Billy Goats Gruff 1977