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Dan Modzelewski

Dan Modzelewski

The art work I create can be defined as traditional in one sense and contemporary in another. I use traditional media: charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, and acrylics. To illustrate a wide range of subject matter I use contemporary techniques and design.

My work has been influenced by the old masters and the new from the powerful figure drawings of Michelangelo to the bold compositions of Andrew Wyeth. Through simplicity of design and an interplay of shapes, color, light and shadow, I attempt to evoke both an intellectual and an emotional response.

I have been drawing since the age of five and have never lost a love of the process. I am a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I majored in Art Education. While employed as an art teacher, I completed a Master’s Degree in Psychology at Chicago State University. During that time I also taught at the College of DuPage in Lisle, IL.

After a wonderful teaching career of 30 years, I took early retirement and my wife and I moved to Shelbyville in central Illinois where I began to put all my energy into my art. Falling in love at a young age with sports, I still play baseball, basketball and golf with my grandchildren. My drawings are figurative with a concentration on sports. My medium of choice is charcoal and I try to keep my work spontaneous and raw, just like sports! I don’t depict particular athletes and use sepia tones to keep the work “classic” or “timeless”. I have been greatly influenced by the drawings of Rembrandt and Andrew Wyeth whose works illustrate these qualities.

I believe an artist is influenced by all his experiences. I have been affiliated with Gallery 510 for about 15 years and my work can be found there on a regular basis.


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