Walter Fydryck -Extroverted Pair, 2013 - image via artascent.com.jpg

Walter Fydryck/ Walter Fydryck

United States 1941

Painting, Drawing

Walter Fydryck
Walter Fydryck
Male
United States
1941

Walter Fydryck is an American artist whose paintings and drawings investigate the media of mass communication and popular visual techniques used in the Twentieth Century American culture and art. His style had an interesting evolution – in the sixties, he began experimenting with the controlled chaos and his pieces were mostly abstract, while nowadays he’s concentrating on the human form and his works are predominantly figurative. Fydryck creates both small and large-scale works and he often combines painting and drawing, creating pieces of a unique appeal, which became his trademark style.

Walter Fydryck - Abstract Panel, 1995 - image via jlevines.hibid.com.jpg
Walter Fydryck – Abstract Panel, 1995 – image via jlevines.hibid.com

Fusion of Painting and Drawing

Fydryck was born in the early 40s in Chicago and he has earned his Associates Degree from the American Academy of Fine Art. He has also attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fydryck’s style and artistic gestures are strongly connected to the mass culture and the psychology of our society. As an artist, I am engaged in exploring the collective psyche of the subject. The focal point of my portraits is their gaze, as in the Egyptian Ka, which establishes a link between our human soul, and our cosmic environment, Fydryck claims. He creates an interesting visual effect by using simple lines and watery gauche – his paintings might seem naive and serene, compared with the reality of human psychology, which is often puzzlingly complex. However, this complexity is suggested by Fydryck’s use of multiple shadows and reflections – he is combining painting and drawing techniques, creating an enigmatic acrylic fusion. After many years of chemical experimentation with pigments, the artist has created his own process which results in the multi-layered imagery of rich texture yet delicate colors.

Fydryck is combining painting and drawing techniques, creating an enigmatic acrylic fusion

Walter Fydryck - After the Fact - image via gallerynow.com
Walter Fydryck – After the Fact – image via gallerynow.com

New Series – War Birds

Fydryck has been an active artist ever since the early 90s. Nowadays, after his series of abstract pieces back from the 60s followed by the portraits of famous artists in the 90s, Fydryck has found an entirely fresh inspiration and approach – his new series War Birds concentrates solely on the imagery of birds and women. He is combining women with birds in bizarre situations, which set up an unexpected tension. Birds of prey are represented as military icons and women as Femmes Fatales. In reality, there is no connection between birds and women and this combination creates a rather strange atmosphere, which is enhanced by specific graphic gestures. In this series, the artist uses grease pencil as well as color pencils and soft pastel, which are rubbed into a wash. This creates a complex transparency effect.

Fydryck’s new series War Birds concentrates solely on the imagery of birds and women

Walter Fydryck -Night Arrivals, 2014 - image via artslant.com.jpg
Walter Fydryck – Night Arrivals, 2014 – image via artslant.com

From Abstract to Pop Art

Fydryck’s versatile work popular in the art circles of Chicago ever since the 60s has been exhibited in many galleries and it is the part of several public and private collections. Through Anatomically Correct non-profit organization, his work has been shown at Strawdog and Steppenwolf theaters in Chicago. He also collaborates with his fellow artist from Chicago, Ben Tinsley, with whom he’s having a two-person exhibition called Jungle Boogie at Matthew Rachman Gallery, opening on May 21, 2016.  Fydryck remains a very prolific artist even nowadays, after exploring various styles, from abstract to pop art.

Walter Fydryck lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Featured image: Walter Fydryck – Extroverted Pair (detail), 2013 – image via artascent.com
All images used for illustrative purpose only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Jungle BoogieMatthew Rachman Gallery Group
2016& the pursuit of happinesses... Lost Artists Chicago Group
2016Spring heralds exotic lost artists from distant, enchanting lands Lost Artists Chicago Group
2016Lost Artists Colony Features Edgy Women Artists Lost Artists Chicago Group
2016Love LOVE love... embrace ~ strange hold..on you.. Lost Artists Chicago Group
2016NEW YEAR. Brand- New YOU! Lost Artists Chicago Group
2015Happy HollyDAZE Lost Artists Chicago Group
20154 Long Years! Celebrate the Anniversary! Art, Poetry, Music! Lost Artists Chicago Group
2015Lost Artists SHOW_Chicago Artists Month_CELEBRATION! Lost Artists Chicago Group
2015Wanderlust Lost Artists Chicago Group
2015Wanderlust Lost Artists Chicago Group
2015Lost Artists & Summer Song Lost Artists Chicago Group
2015Twanging! in MidSummer Lost Artists Chicago Group
2015The Lost Artists Show -June Jumpin Up Lost Artists Chicago Group
2015Spring Forward-add music, poetry and art! mix well.. Lost Artists Chicago Group
20153rd Annual Bridgeport Art Center CompetitionBridgeport Art Center Gallery Group
2015LOVE (hot) Lost ArtistsLost Artists Chicago Group
2015Two-0-One-Five kick off the new year event! Lost Artists Chicago Group
2014HOLI-DAZE EVENT Lost Artists Chicago Group
20143rd Anniversary of Lost Artists! Lost Artists Chicago Group
2014Lost Artists Show Lost Artists Chicago Group
2014Lost Artists: September Fantasy Lost Artists Chicago Group
2014Art Colony! Art & Music FEST! Lost Artists Chicago Group
2014O lost artists colony june bug event Lost Artists Chicago Group
2014Lost Artists Colony Lost Artists Chicago Group
2014End of Winter Plunge! Lost Artists Chicago Group
2014The LOST love ARTISTS show LOVE shows Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013Chicago Society of ArtistsTom Robinson Studio/Gallery Group
2013Lost Artists Colony Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013Lost Artists Colony|Chicago Artists Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013The Art Colony "A Day in Avondale" Art and Business Walk Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013Fall Art Season Kick-off ShowLost Artists Chicago Group
2013Art, Music, Poetry Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013Chicago Society of Artists Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013Summer Music ShowLost Artists Chicago Group
2013very VERY SPECIAL! Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013May - it be good Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013Poetry Slinger - Guitar SlingerLost Artists Chicago Group
2013March ONLost Artists Chicago Group
2013The Lost Artists Show Lost Artists Chicago Group
2013New Year Lost Artists Chicago Group
2012The Lost Artists Show Lost Artists Chicago Group
2012Expressions David Leonardis Gallery: Wicker Park Group
2012Lost Artists Colony David Leonardis Gallery: River North Group
2009Happy Birthday David Leonardis Gallery: Wicker Park Group
2009A Fresh Start David Leonardis Gallery: River North Group
2009Mark Flores and friends go to Wicker Park David Leonardis Gallery: Wicker Park Group
2009Mark Flores and Friends David Leonardis Gallery: River North Group
2009Happy Birthday David Leonardis and Friends David Leonardis Gallery: River North Group
2009Andrew De Leo and Friends David Leonardis Gallery: River North Group
2008Howard Finster and Friends David Leonardis Gallery: River North Group
2008Max Estes and Friends David Leonardis Gallery: River North Group
2008Speed Racer Tribute David Leonardis Gallery: River North Group
2007DLG Group Show David Leonardis Gallery: Wicker Park Group
1999Walter FydryckGourmand Coffeehouse, Printer Row, ChicagoSolo
1999Walter FydryckSchabes Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1999Walter FydryckMars Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1999Chicago Artists IVExcalibur, ChicagoGroup
1999Chicago Art OpenChicago Artists' Coalition, ChicagoGroup
1999Face the MillenniumFassberder Gallery, ChicagoGroup
1999Life PatternsYello Gallery, ChicagoGroup
1999Messages for the New MillenniumPeace Museum. Postcard Show, ChicagoGroup
1999Many LisasDix Art Mix. ChicagoGroup
1999Walter FydryckLindenberg Gallery, Manhattan, New York Group
1999Friends of the Arts Fourth Cornelia Arts Building, ChicagoGroup
1998Walter FydryckAura, ChicagoSolo
1998ConfigurationsCornelia Arts Building, ChicagoGroup
1998Facing/Figuring RealitiesNorthwestern University Settlement House, ChicagoGroup
1998Decadence BallMars Gallery, ChicagoGroup
1997Walter FydryckStraw Dog Theater, ChicagoSolo
1997Twenty-First Annual Alice and Arthur Baer ExhibitionBeverly Art CenterGroup
1997The KingCore New Art Space, Denver, COGroup
199747th Annual Quad-State ExhibitionQuincy Art Center, Quincy, IllinoisGroup
1997The Valentine showMars GalleryGroup
1997Creative Images 1997Indianapolis Art CenterGroup
1996Facing WestMars GalleryGroup
1996Painting In GeneralAssociated Artists of Winston-Salem, North CarolinaGroup
1996West Coast Works on/of PaperCenter for the Arts, Eureka, CAGroup
1996Art In The WoodsCorp. Woods Gallery, Overland Park, KSGroup
1994Walter FydryckProspectus Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1990Walter FydryckGilman Gruen, ChicagoSolo
1984Walter FydryckGilman Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1983Walter FydryckAhda Artz, New YorkSolo
1982Walter FydryckAhda Artz, New YorkSolo