Browsing through Gail Potocki’s website, I recognized one of her pieces – Eve. I thought that perhaps I had seen it at a past art exhibit, but Gail has confirmed that she has not had works at any of the exhibits I have written about. So exactly where I have seen Eve in the past remains a mystery.
Gail’s work is astoundingly detailed, and has a sense of grand classicism, but always with a hint of surrealism that make her paintings stand out above many works. Gail studied and fine tuned her skills at the School of Representational Art in Chicago. She has earned many honors, including taking first place in the Online Symbolist Art Exhibition competition, being named the first American recipient of the Ward Rogers Distinguished Artist award, and winning the Baron of Fulwood Award at the Society of Art and Imagination. A collection of her works has been published by Olympian publishing, The Union of Hope and Sadness, and was released in 2006.
Gail’s paintings pursue narratives of relationship, and trust, and passionately explore the struggle between human desires and the order of nature.Influenced by the elegant strength of Anthony Van Dyck and the melancholic mystery of the late 19th century French and Belgian Symbolists, her expression is rooted in compelling realism, and branches seductively into the realms of possibility. (http://www.artofimagination.org/Pages/Potocki.html)
Gail commented on the piece that she is working on for the Obey Your Master exhibit:
Metallica is a very masculine band sonically, they’re very assertive. Lyrically and thematically though, I think Metallica has the hallmark of all great rock artists: they’re great storytellers. The song that I’ve chosen as my influence tells a story more through a mental experience rather than a literal one and my piece will allegorically reflect what is intangible in the lyrics. (~Gail Potocki 11/29/2011)
We are excited to see the story that will unfold from Gail’s brush!