“Famous Chunkies” illustration series by an Chicago, IL based artist Alex Solis.
“While watching a Ninja Turtles cartoon with my daughter, we kept making fun of them and asking how they are so fast and in shape when their diet consists mainly of pizza. I felt like it was sending the wrong message to kids, and I noticed a lot of others cartoons did the same thing. At first I started the project with the intention of just creating that one illustration, but it was too much fun to stop there! It’s a good way to raise awareness about unhealthy eating, especially with young kids. It catches their attention quickly.” — Alex Solis
“I have been working on a series of images featuring large-scale slices of fruit. When I began these paintings, I was interested in what the inside of the fruits revealed. The seeds and veins, and the translucent flesh and color changes, were intriguing. The more I focused on them, the more fascinating they became.
I soon began to see the works as a metaphorical suggestion of the transitory nature of life. The fruits encapsulate a fleeting moment in time and glorify the unique characteristics of the subject. In comparison to my earlier, more conventional still lifes, the new paintings transcend a technical mastery to elicit more meaningful associations. This gives the paintings a deeper, more engaging resonance.” — Dennis Wojtkiewicz
Dennis Wojtkiewicz is a full professor at Bowling Green State University where he has taught painting and drawing in the School of Art since 1988. He recieved his M.F.A. degree from Southeren Illinois University at Carbondale and also studied at the Atelier Neo-Medici in France under the direction of Patrick Betaudier in 1978 and 1983. He is best known for his exploration of the sensitive nature of time in his oversized oil paintings of fruit and flowers. The transitory nature of his subject matter is encapsulated and transfixed with a heightened approach to realism. In 2012 his work was included in a solo exhibition at the Sugarman-Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe as well as group shows at Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan and Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2013 he was a featured artist in Art Revolution Taipei international art fair. Since 2005 his work has been shown in other international art fairs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, Santa Fe, and Toronto. He is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowships and has both paintings and drawings represented in major pubic, private and corporate collections.