David Padworny - "Untitled hh23"

David Padworny, Untitled hh23, 7-1/4" x 6-1/2", pen and ink drawing on paper.

    Did I mention I've always been a sucker for a good drawing? When I ran across David Padworny's colorful and daring art work on his website (www.padworny.com) I spent some time looking for that one (affordable) example of his core artistic skills, and I think I found it. Among vibrantly colored and coarsely textured abstract impressionist works I saw deeply rendered emotional portraits of men and women, a few similarly inspired landscapes and still life's, and several drawing studies of nudes. These were all pleasant and unique enough to cause me to contemplate ownership, but what grabbed my eye (and first impressions are everything concerning art) was this little pen and ink outline rendered portrait of a man. You may have seen this style of portraiture before, its been around for quite some time, but Padworny's work exudes character and motivated me to promptly contact him considering it's purchase. Packaging and delivery was commendable and in short order I was admiring his work in the privacy of my home.

I like everything about this portrait. The relaxed angle of the head and the forward lean of the shoulders adds a comforting spontaneity to the image suggesting that the man is participating in an interesting conversation.  It's style is so natural that it makes me want to say, "I think I know that guy!" It's a subtle but lively composition which I find irresistible to view. You can imagine anything you want for the subject matter being discussed, and you can make the man a neighbor, work acquaintance or even a relative. Whatever gives you pleasure, and the possibilities are endless. This is what I sometimes refer to as "working art" since it tends to motivate the viewer to participate in what the artist has created for us to experience. It is not only something to merely look at and admire (although any art can be a joy to merely look at), but this piece stimulates my imagination into some sort of interactive mood. It is also a pleasure to simply ponder the skillfully placed graphic lines that form the expression and shading of the subject. I can't ask much more than that from any art.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of background information available for David Padworny, the artist, which is a huge benefit to any art collector.  Listed within his well-developed web presence are numerous mentions of his group and solo exhibits, scholastic portfolio, awards and honors and the following brief bibliography:
David Padworny was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. David currently lives and works as an Artist in Baltimore, Maryland.
He also notes the following under his early studies:
I was introduced to art through a neighbor, illustrator Mike Adams. From kindergarten through second grade, I would watch him paint children's book illustrations of characters from some of my favorite TV shows, like Fraggle Rock. He would give me large sketchbooks so I could draw on the floor while he worked. I remember how much I liked his lifestyle of working at home on illustrations and cartoons all day, especially in contrast to my father, who worked very hard at a more typical 9-5 job.

Around the time I was in fourth grade, my family moved, and I began modeling for and studying under another neighbor, Sidney Quinn. He purchased supplies for me, introduced me to classes, and (harshly) critiqued my work for years on a regular basis. When I was about ten, I showed him my first large watercolor and counted as he pointed out 27 things wrong! (illustration that I modeled for in Highlights magazine)

Freshman and sophomore years of high school. I began meeting with and receiving critiques from Edson Campos and Chas Rowe.

During my junior year, I was introduced to Barbara Bassett, who was a tremendous influence from that point forth. Her teaching method was derived from Kimon Nicolaides of the Art Students' League of New York and supplemented with the study of art history.
Although I went to her Winter Park studio for lessons a few times a week for years, she would never show me a single one of her paintings, despite my abundant requests. She was a great teacher, I miss her.

While in college at MICA, I studied under Timothy App and Raul Middlemen, who both proved to be major influences.
Also included on his site are links to his online gallery, a mailing list and contact information. How much more information about an artist could you ask for?

I really enjoy Padworny's eclectic range of style and subject matter. When viewing the many works on his website you'll never know what's going to pop into your browser and give cause for thought. His art is both modern and enticing and worthy of your time and consideration. Have a look, and prepare to be intrigued.