George Dombek


Commentary by Henry Adams

184 pages • 101 images

978-1-55728-664-2 (cloth)


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Arkansas artist George Dombek has sold his work to over sixty museums and corporate collections, including seven works to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He has received numerous awards, including the Arkansas Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dombek was born in Paris, Arkansas, the son of a coal miner. He became fascinated by art at the age of seventeen when he read about the work of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline in Time magazine. Concerned that he couldn’t earn an adequate living as an artist, he studied architecture but was later drawn back into art and earned a master’s in painting. Throughout his career, he has practiced and taught architecture, while devoting his principal effort to painting, particularly in watercolor.

All of Dombek’s work, in one or another fashion, creates the illusion of reality by following a step-by-step process of construction, similar to the work of an architect or a builder. Dombek has used this method, which he calls constructed realism, to explore a variety of subjects in a way that seems to bridge the usual distinctions between real and abstract. George Dombek: Paintings collects some of the artist’s most notable renderings of the themes he has pursued intensely for years: birds in trees, rocks, discarded cans and metal objects, enormous flowers seen in close-up, sticks bent in unusual ways, bicycles, and more.

George Dombek has taught architecture and art at universities in Arkansas, Ohio, Florida, Saudi Arabia, and Italy. His work has been included in over 800 museum, corporate, and private collections and exhibited in more than 150 shows.

Henry Adams is professor of American art at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of more than a dozen books and over 300 scholarly and popular articles.

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