Thomas Nawrocki - Printmaker
The “ZON ZIE, ZON ZEE” compositions are a continuing series of color intaglio diptych prints exploring metallic and traditional intaglio inks. My primary concern is to explore pure design concepts utilizing a repeat motif printed on both arches cover white and black paper. The positioning of each print in close proximity allows the comparison of identical images on a high and low key field with different color ink variations. The major silhouette of my prints employs an irregular informal balance format with the entrapment of rest area within the positive structure. I am constantly seeking the unexpected; the juxtaposition of positive and negative space that will repeat and establish an opposing aesthetic force of clashing obstructions. I place great emphasis on edge and the interrelationship of form and color in maintaining a harmony of visual balance. My interior positive shapes possess a feeling of angularity, vigorousness and a sense of tension. The print format consists of a three-plate inking sequence for each color shape within the composition. Insert shapes of contrasting color and embossment are added to the dominant, larger plates to establish punctuation. Even with the constant threat of chaos with the extensive use of diagonals and color, I have sought an intuitive sense of ideal design.
Thomas Nawrocki received a BFA (1964), MA (1966), and MFA (1967) Degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught in Texas and Mississippi. Nawrocki is currently a Professor of Printmaking and Fiber Arts-Weaving at Mississippi University for Women. He was selected the 2006 Visual Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Professor Nawrocki is a featured artist in the hard-cover color book "PRINTMAKERS TODAY" published by Schiffer. His works have appeared in over 400 state, regional, national, and international art competitions including: The Milwaukee Art Center, American Color Print Society, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Pratt Graphic Art Center in New York