Paint-L Exhibition:  MET ON THE INTERNET

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Nikolette Jakovac and Wilek Markiewicz
Toronto, Canada,.

 Artist's statements are  below...

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FRONTISPIECE
Woodcut, 9" x 4"


SOMETHIN' SWEET
Woodcut, 5.5" x 6".

.Nikolette Jakovac

Framed with two woodcuts.




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GOLDENROD JAZZ BAND
Woodcut, 5.5" x 7.5"


TOO BIG
Woodcut, 5.5 "x 6.25"

..Nikolette Jakovac

Framed with two woodcuts.



BIG SPRINKLY
Woodcut, 3" x 4"


DOUBLE CHOCOLATE
Woodcut, 3"x4"

.Nikolette Jakovac

Framed with two woodcuts.

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HAPPINESS BY THE DOZEN
Woodcut, 7.5" x 5.5"


SO MANY TO CHOOSE
Woodcut, 3" x 4"


FEEL SO BLUE
Woodcut, 3" x 4"

.Nikolette Jakovac

Framed with three woodcuts.


 
 

Wilek Markiewicz
Canada

CITY LANE
Woodcut
14" x 9.25"

Wilek Markiewicz
Canada

THE BULL--A DREAM
Woodcut
12.75" x 11"

Wilek Markiewicz
Canada

KITTY IN BLUE GOWN
Woodcut
16"  x  11"

Wilek Markiewicz
Canada

ARTIST IN THE PARK
Woodcut
11" x 16"

Wilek Markiewicz
Canada

ANGEL & DEVIL,
DEVIL & ANGEL
Woodcut
10 .5" x 15"

NIKOLETTE JAKOVAC:

The Mr. Donut Blues is a portfolio of 11 prints made during the year after I had heard the Goldenrod Jazz Band play the song by trumpet player and band member Brian Casserly on the riverfront in St. Louis, Missouri.

I had heard the song only once and it took my breath away. Every phrase went to my heart. I wanted to do a print based on the Mr. Donut Blues. Back in Toronto, I leafed through my drawings of the band. At that time I also liked the atmosphere of donut shops. I telephoned St. Louis several times to ask Brian for the words to the song.

"It changes every time we play it."

"It isn't finished."

"I can't remember the words unless I'm playing."

Each time I called I got another verse or another version of a verse, so the woodcuts came one after another. I didn't know how many I would need to make the story complete.

The song is something special. It's funny and full of images. Friends joked that my hours in donut shops had had a purpose after all. Now there are eleven prints in The Mr. Donut Blues portfolio and I see the melancholy in the song, but I didn't think about it as I worked.


WILEK MARKIEWICZ::

I don't try to find my style, I try not to impede the style from finding me.

Through my work I discover myself from a distance, like a first viewer and through the things I paint or carve I reveal to myself my magic interior universe.

I like working in woodcut. The strength and grain of the wood always surprise me. It does what it wants and I try to do what I want. So, I am not in total control and the artist in me can be liberated.