I use the medium of acrylic paint to document natural and decorative subjects from my environment. I am most interested in elevating the everyday and sometimes overlooked things in our lives that can strike us as beautiful or meaningful.
Bio Polish-American artist Sylvia Prokopowicz Luchez creates colorful and textured paintings that bring the spirit of nature into indoor spaces. She studied English literature and visual art at the University of Chicago and holds a master’s degree in art education from DePaul University. Sylvia makes art, tutors students, and teaches summer art classes at her local high school. Her work has been exhibited at the Second Fridays Gallery Walk in Chicago, the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago, and at Water Street Studios in Batavia.
My work is about capturing gratitude and wonder for nature and augmenting the viewer’s experience of the natural environment. I see my images as contributing to a collective and historical body of work that depicts and directs attention to nature at a time of rapid technological progress. I draw inspiration from a natural landscape that is slipping away from us and create my images with spontaneous wonder for my subjects and scenes, which are saturated with visual detail. My work asks the viewer to notice and appreciate natural subjects while viewing them through a modern, human-made lens.
I create physical work in a digital age of clean edges and augmented reality to coax viewers into more fully living their present moments and environments the way they materially are. In my artistic method I seek to preserve and document in order to more fully relive and contemplate our relationship with nature. My creative process and color palette are contemporary and at times experimental. The subjects in my images are brighter in color than they present in reality. I take comfort in the freedom to paint spontaneously and intuitively while preserving the intensity of the colors and spirit of my medium and subjects.