Professional artist Ian Pawluk

Professional artist Ian Pawluk earned his BFA at UConn, MFA at UMass, and teaches Fine Art at the University level. His artwork addresses themes relating to common human purpose, and the relationships between the physical and spiritual.

Artist's Statement

I. Intent
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2Corinthians 4:18-19). This is the struggle and constant endeavor of my work. It hopes in the answers to questions posed by the human condition.

  1. Answers often come in the presence of question.
    1. Questioning in my work comes through the form of labor.
    2. The labor should allude to a long suffering and sincere search for answers that the viewer may appreciate through awe and wonder.
  2. The "unseen" is visualized by illuminating its physical attributes.
    1. The visual elements allude to what is unseen.
      1. Micro and macro elements point to an unseen in the physical senses. The presence of these as it pertains to my work, only needs to stimulate the sense of awe and wonder, which by definition cannot be fully grasped.
      2. Fog, snow, mist, and atmospheric perspective cover what is known to be by leaving to the eye an element's incomplete condition.
    2. Symbolism allows the "unseen" to be communicated through the viewer?s emotion and intellect.
      1. Emotions such as romance, sentiment, and nostalgia rest in a place not beneath, but beyond logic. As a paintings perspective of it?s subject is limited, so our understanding of awe and the emotions awe inspires also has limits.
  3. Questions posed by the human condition have answers.
    1. Each human has common needs and desires, placing us all in one great community.
      1. It is important to bring people together, recognize need, and search for answers.