By Monique Sporn for The Island Connection
Katriel Srebnik’s artwork has earned thirty-one national awards, including three Awards of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America; the President’s Award from the American Impressionist Society; Best of Show from the Academic Artists Association and Texas Art Museum; First Place from the National Society of Artists and Hilton Head Art League; plus other national awards.
Before developing his art career, Srebnik studied ballet and jazz dance in New York and France, and classical music and jazz. Having performed as a principle ballet dancer and musician, he has continued to dance offstage and teach ballet.
Srebnik’s dance and music background have contributed to the lyricism and tonal harmonies of his painting. Dancers recognize and appreciate that Srebnik correctly portrays ballet positions, and captures the gestures and sensibilities of the dancers.
His artwork has been featured in eight museum exhibitions, including the International Guild of Realism’s “Master Works Museum Tour” and has appeared in American Artist, American Art Collector, American Art Review, Art & Antiques, Art Business News, The Art Guide, The Artist, Art of the West, Art World News, Carrie Leigh’s Nude, International Artist and Southwest Art magazines as well as over seventy national juried exhibitions and in galleries throughout the United States and in Europe.
Srebnik has conducted art workshops at over twenty art schools, colleges and other venues; “Artist’s Viewpoint” museum tours in the U.S. and France; and seminars on marketing artwork. He is a member of the American Impressionist Society, the Oil Painters of America, and the Portrait Society of America.
He will be presenting a demonstration reveling secrets used by classical through contemporary painting masters, at the Lake House on Nov. 14 from 2-4 p.m. Among his techniques, he’ll share with participants: establishing the composition, light and dark masses, and the proportions and structure of the head and figure; selecting and mixing colors on the palette and the canvas; painting convincing flesh tones; understanding and rendering folds and different materials of clothing in a painterly manner; capturing the effects of light and atmosphere; alla prima painting techniques; and helpful studio tips.
Additional information and artwork may be viewed at the Katriel Srebnik Gallery, 195 King Street and at www.SreGallery.com.