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The Rock-itt : May 2012
This our six and final part of our 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. Continuing with the series, "Romance In Paradise," Robert completed a total of eight oil paintings, including the surreal piece, "Sea Dream." In this one, accompanied here by the painting's b&w pencil study, the man is in pursuit of the woman, both magically galloping on the surface of the sea, camellia bushes (symbolizing deep longing for one's beloved), strangely cropping up from the deep. As with each painting in the series, a bridge can be seen spanning the distant cliffs, representing the connecting of the two would-be lovers. Over the years, Robert has been privileged to have access to the prop and costume departments of the Hollywood film studios, and for this piece the woman's costume was chosen from the wardrobes at Universal Studios. Once, when preparing a painting of the baby Moses being discovered amongst the reeds, Robert was given the opportunity by Paramount Pictures to use the actual woven basket from that very scene in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments." ‘Sea Dream’ 2004 oil on mounted paper ‘Sea Dream’ 2004 graphite on paper