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William Ptaszynski

Rex Evans Gallery

Student and admirer of the late Rico Lebrun, Ptaszynski’s devotion shows but subtly in his work. His admiration seems to have been more for the man than for the great legacy of work left behind, and correctly so, as too many students and would-be emulators have tried and failed to match Lebrun’s monumental strides. Ptaszynski’s watercolor landscapes betray the eye by proposing a lacy delicate composition which in turn veils too successfully a more potent statement lurking beneath. The underlying force is where echoes of Lebrun may be found but the surface configuration executed in soft pastels is the soft-spoken and not unwelcome voice of the student.

The presentations are valid as they are—colorful, intellectual, and deeply personal—but each painting (all are titled Terranum) appears as a carefully prepared environment, a backdrop before which a long awaited drama is to be enacted. The

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