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The Fantastic Art of Jacek Yerka [Paperback]

Jacek Yerka , James R. Cowan , Anna Lukaszuk
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21 Nov 1994
This extra large portfolio art book contains twenty-one of Polish fantasist Jacek Yerka's most amazing works. Each painting is beautifully reproduced in full colour and in a size that enables the viewer to fully appreciate the stunningly meticulous detail which this modern master brings to his art.


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Morpheus International,U.S. (21 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883398053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883398057
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 28.9 x 35.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,358,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The artist's paintings are presented describing the inspiration for each piece..." -- Art Bibliographies, March 2001.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic in both senses of the word 5 April 2005
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A short while ago, I was fortunate enough to happen upon Jacek Yerka's work. I can't understand why he isn't better known. He is a fantasist, a modern surrealist, and his paintings mix "reality" with dreams, memory, flights of fancy. Some of them do include humour but they're not just quirky, they are very deep too. This book showcases 21 paintings.Each painting has an entire page to itself-great ! I hate squinting and straining in order to see details. And every painting is accompanied by a few words from the artist.
Certain motifs repeat themselves, always with a twist. His grandmother's kitchen ; wheatfields; doorways that lead into the unexpected.
I have a sense that these paintings show us not just technique, not just virtuosity, even, but a heart exploring what it loves and what it mourns.
I'm delighted to have this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars floppy packaging 16 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
The book is amazing and if you like art you want it well preserved. This book the way it came, looked second hand with floppy covers. It should have been put in a plastic or something to keep the corners of the pages from bending. Still the images are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational journey into the dreamscapes of Yerka. 17 Oct 1998
By richardpate@door.net - Published on Amazon.com
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Each turn of the page drops you into a surreal world of beauty and intrigue. Opposite each superbly detailed work of art, Yerka shares the dream or childhood experience that inspired the original vision. Occasional brief insights into Yerka's life helps the reader become aware of his deeply personal process of bringing inner worlds into physical reality. This book has inspired me to explore my own inner world as a deep well from which to draw insights for creative expression. The book is visually entertaining and an amazing value considering the number of beautifully reproduced plates (21) and the large size of each, about 11 by 14 inches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good artist 7 Oct 2005
By Tyler U. - Published on Amazon.com
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ABOUT THE BOOK

Specs on the book:

*suggested retail is $19.95

*48 pages

*22 paintings

They really done good with this book if you like his work. It has a index in the back which is kind of nice even though there aint much to navigate through. The book is a very convenient size. So dont worry about the images being to small, they kept that in mind. In the beginning the author of the book includes his own personal input about the artist. After that for every painting he has included the title of the painting and a personal input from Jacek himself. Even has a couple photos of Jacek which is nice. The only thing you might need to worry about is like with all paperbacks the bindings might come loose after a lengthy period of time. Also includes some good quotes from various geniuses throughout time in here.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

My personal input about Jacek is that he is more on the positive side of surrealism. He has really dreamy kind of art which I find very creative. He is one of the truthfully more creative artists. He has somewhat in my oppinion a childish kind of touch to his art. Which is not bad, yet making his art more positive then anything I guess I could say. He is highly creative from his surroundings and dreams, yet I think he might have somewhat a child aspect to his imagination. Most of his work is not bright, yet medium tone. If you like any surreal artwork, check into him.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Look into Beksinski if you like Jacek. As opposite of Jacek, Beksinski is more focused on the negative side of things. I really appreaciate his artwork due to the corruption, uglyiness, truthfulness, etc. in his artwork. He really has some disturbed images, yet it doesn't reallt have any symbolism in it. Just disturbed yet VERY creative mind. Even Jacek followed into his work.

John Satre is supposed to be a very good author of leader of existentialism. He is in the literature and philosphy. Existentialism is a philosphy on how we were all born of nothing and how we are ultimately free and etc. You get the idea. It really emphasizes on your freedom of creativity and has some good philosphy. Even though I am Christian and his book is somewhat against religion, it is still good to learn from.

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P.S. If I had any spelling errors or grammar errors... oh well. English is for communication, not perfection.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing! 24 July 2000
By "darshank2" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My favorite from this collection is called "New Age Manhattan", a meticulous rendering of a block of skyscrapers made of old, worn-out boards and powered only by campfires. You could sit and look at these pictures for hours!
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of a place on the coffee table 30 Mar 2014
By Noah Altman - Published on Amazon.com
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Yerka's work is great, but this art book is not. This paperback features some of Yerka's early 90's works (and not his best works) with a blurb of commentary for each painting. The commentary is sometimes relevant to the accompanying work, but sometimes not so much. Some of the art did not scale to fit on one page, so it continues over the binding onto the adjacent page. I would not have purchased this if I was able to look at it in person first.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collection of Yerka works 13 Mar 2014
By Doc - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book - gift for an artist grandaughter.
A really good overview of Jacek Yerka works in one lovely set.
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