Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Presents "Robert Kameczura: Contemporary Old Master"

October 11, 2010

The Elmhurst Artists' Guild is pleased to announce "Robert Kameczura: Contemporary Old Master," an exhibition featuring the epic-scaled paintings and prints of Robert Kameczura to be held in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery in the Elmhurst Art Museum Building, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126. The exhibition runs from October 10 to November 19, 2010. A reception, open to the public, will be held on Friday, October 15, 2010 from 7 to 9pm, affording those in attendance an opportunity to meet the artist.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2010
Contact: Suzanne Goldstein Baker
Communication Chair
Elmhurst Artists’ Guild
150 Cottage Hill Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 947-4100
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www.elmhurstartistsguild.org

“The next Ed Paschke.  One of Chicago’s finest artists, a master painter and Chicago’s genius of the gicleé print.”—Collector June Spiezer, whose collection of Chicago Art in the Rockford Art Museum is considered the largest of its kind

The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild is pleased to announce “Robert Kameczura: Contemporary Old Master,” an exhibition featuring the epic-scaled paintings and prints of Robert Kameczura to be held in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery in the Elmhurst Art Museum Building, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126. The exhibition runs from October 10 to November 19, 2010. A reception, open to the public, will be held on Friday, October 15, 2010 from 7 to 9pm, affording those in attendance an opportunity to meet the artist.

Robert Kameczura is an artist and a scholar whose prolific and diverse efforts have had a significant impact on every corner of the Chicago arts scene. Called “one of Chicago’s Renaissance men” for his numerous activities in so many fields, Kameczura has mastered the arts of painting in acrylics and watercolor, drawing, silkscreen, black and white photography, gicleé work and calligraphy. Regardless of the media, his art possesses a Chicago flavor – a strong narrative and symbolist bent which conjures up the illusion of other worlds reaching far beyond what is visible on the canvas.

While some have noted how well Kameczura’s art fits into the late 20th century Chicago tradition, others have recognized that these same qualities link Kameczura to a much older lineage, and he has quite rightly been called a “Contemporary Old Master.” Like the old masters, his art begins with strength in the fundamentals. He is a skilled and painstaking draftsman, lavishing much attention on every detail, as well as a masterful colorist. As part of a line stretching from Renaissance artists such as Albrecht Dürer right up to H.C. Westermann, Kameczura’s art is meticulously crafted, beautiful and significant simply as an object, even without the refining gloss of narrative meaning.

Nevertheless, that omnipresent refining gloss is what defines a work as a Kameczura. As it was with the old masters, a Kameczura painting begins with a story. Penelope and Her Tapestry, for instance, contains all of the familiar narrative elements found in the Odyssey: Penelope and her maids, the suitors, the act of weaving by day and the surreptitious act of unweaving by night.

Kameczura goes one level deeper, though, and also depicts the allegorical meanings which prop up the narrative. His work is the complete package, resonating with viewers as art, as object, as story, and as life lesson, and it is the totality of this which makes him deserving of the accolade, “Contemporary Old Master.”

The exhibition can be viewed during the reception and regular museum hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5 pm, and on Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm.  Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors /students, free under 12, free for all visitors at the reception and every Tuesday. 

About the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery
The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery is a not for profit art gallery owned by the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, featuring original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media.  Each year it hosts several group shows featuring the artwork of Guild members along with an invitation show for a significant local artist and the annual juried National Art Premiere group show drawing entries from across the country. More information is available at www.elmhurstartistsguild.org.