Monday, May 21, 2012

'THE MASTER OF SUNLIGHT'




Adam Styka
From polishcultureacpc.org


The Stykas
Tadeusz (Tade), Jan Styka (their father), and Adam
From poles.org


Adam Styka (1890 -1959) was born in Kielce, Poland, the younger of two sons of internationally renowned artist, Jan Styka. Although Polish by birth, Adam became a Parisian and later a resident of the United States. During the years he was in Paris he exhibited his works in its most prestigious art galleries and each Spring his paintings were exhibited in the Artists Salon of the Societe des Artistes.
In his early work he revealed his fascination with the life of the North African Arabs. During leisurely wanderings in Northern Africa, when he lived the tent life of the natives. sharing their meals and observing their daily pursuits, he was imbued with a desire to paint the people of the desert in their natural environment. His keenness of observation and force of expression led in a few short months to the mastery of a new technique. He captured the effects of the dazzling African light which sharpens outlines and endows colors with greater brilliance. He learned how to render the vibrations of the Atmosphere - the heat mist which veils with illusion the sun scorched African landscape. The paintings of Egyptian landscapes and of the natives are thrilling memories of ardent light and warm and strong color; he uses the brush with the hand of a master well acquainted with the art of oil painting.
(poles.org)

At the Watering Hole
From artrenewal.org


Porter near the island of Philae
From womblegrinchgrumbler.blogspot.com


‘Matka z dziećmi na brzegu rzeki’

‘W wodach Nilu’

Arab
Images from artburda.blogspot.com


Paysage sur le Nil
From rencontrejfm.blogspot.com


‘Au bord du Nil’
From womblegrinchgrumbler.blogspot.com


Ass in Egypt
From artmeteo.com


He completed his formal education at the French Academy of Fine Arts, Academie de Beau Arts, and painted closely under the tutelage of his father, Jan Styka. Each year Adam exhibited his paintings in the Paris' most prestigious galleries such as Salon de Paris, Champs Des Elysses and others in Europe and countries of both Americas, where he constantly was awarded highest accolades. (stykafamilyart.com)


Portrait of Adam Styka by Tadé Styka
Haller's Army Uniform
From artyzm.com

Catching Arizona

Catching Arizona
Images from icollector.com


After graduating from the French Military Academy in Fontainebleau, Adam served in the French artillery during the World War I. He was decorated with a Cross of Merit. Also as a reward, he was granted the French "Nationality Citizenship" and a special assistance from the French Government to visit French colonies in Northern Africa. As the result of these annual journeys, Adam developed an entire genre of Middle-Eastern and Oriental themes. His exquisite ability of captivating and conveying to his paintings faithfully the vibrating strong colors full of contrast of the hot Sahara Desert of Northern Africa, colors harmoniously blended together, made him a master without compare and earned him the appellation, "The Master of Sunlight". Adam's Western paintings of the American Wild West were regarded by art critics such as Dick Owens, as the best Western paintings whenever painted by any artist. Adam Styka passed away on 23rd of September 1959 and is buried in the Alley of the Merit in the cemetery if the "New Czestochowa" of the Pauline Fathers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
(stykafamilyart.com)


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