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The Rock-itt : April 2012
In this our fifth of a six part series on remarkable artist, Robert Florczak, once again we see some marvellous works from the man himself as his paint ings are used to illustrate books. The beautiful figures and vibrant colours bring to life the written words by the author, which give a whole new dimens ion to the story. .......... Pete Johnson. In 2002, after thirty years of producing art for various commercial purposes, Robert Florczak was signed to a Fine Art publishing company in Japan. The company had searched for a number of years for an artist it felt could satisfy the Japanese public's hunger for art work done in the high classical manner, and Florczak was seen to be just that artist. After considering numerous concepts, it was decided Robert would produce an ongoing series titled "Romance in Paradise," which would present a beautiful young couple in the most idyllic surroundings, who gradually, from painting to painting, come to know each other and fall in love. Both the couple and the locales would be a cross between the real and the imaginary, neither one being identifiable from any specific time or place. The inaugural painting, "Spring Dawn," showed the couple as they first become aware of each other, in this instance across an apparently unbridgeable waterfall. The symbolism of that continuing odyssey towards each other is hinted at in a series of bridges that inhabit all of the paintings. Robert had the same two models pose for the two characters throughout the eight-piece series. Another painting in the group was "Distant Thoughts," showing the couple as they've moved very close to each other, though having not yet touched. Presented for the reader here is a preliminary sketch for the oil painting, showing the lengths of preparation Florczak goes to, to ensure accuracy as well as the cornucopia of detail for the viewer to take in. The hundred year-old oak tree stands in the centre of the town in which Robert lives, and the peacock was studied and sketched at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Spring Dawn 2003