Daydreaming
  
Daydreaming
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Surreal Art
Published:
10/19/2004
Format:
Casebound Hardcover
Pages:
80
Size:
8.5x11
ISBN:
978-1-43630-357-6
Print Type:
Color


To see more of Slawek´s art, please visit his online gallery.



PRAISE FOR SLAWEK´S ARTWORK


Imagine you´ve just spent a night reading Arthur C. Clarke, or Larry Niven, or John Varley. You fall asleep and begin to dream. Colorful, startling dreams of enigmatic beings caught between the child and the angel, growing who knows how or where. That is the impact of Slawek Wojtowicz´s art!

Greg Bear, science-fiction writer


Among those artists in the top professional leagues, few show the same verve and imagination and sheer enthusiasm as Slawek Wojtowicz. As an author, I especially appreciate another trait. He actually reads books! That´s a wonderful combination.

David Brin, science-fiction writer


Stepping into the worlds of Slawek Wojtowicz is an ecstatic pleasure as he melds the plausible with the fantastic. From walking on a windswept, barren snow world to traveling into the depths of steel canyons in Manhattan, 3000 AD, a sense of wonderful surprise and constant familiarity follows us from image to image. It is a journey I look forward to each time I visit his art.

Donato Giancola, science-fiction artist


The one aspect I find most appealing about the artwork of Slawek Wojtowicz is the dreamlike quality of the imagery: the subjects, the color, the way objects interact and flow together. Horizons curve, planets float in dream oceans, dream people float in mid-air. And then there are the cityscapes - my own dreams are completely inane, for the most part, but the ones I like the best [when I remember them at all] have to do with cities, and people I have never seen, and they have an ineffable poetic dreaminess about them that I find in Slawek´s paintings.

The gentleman who taught my college Introduction to the Arts class, Mr Carlyn, used to say that every great painting had a surrealistic quality to it; that, however subtle or illusive, the dreamlike aspect was an essential ingredient to great work.

A perfect example is the circular Madonna and the Infant Savior by Raphael, the one in the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Or any pictures by Van Eyck, or Arnold Bocklin. Another example is Bargemen of the Volga, by Illya Repin, and so on and on. But with these paintings by Slawek, the dream-quality is effortless, as natural as breathing. Now I am wondering - what does Slawek dream about, when he is actually asleep?

Steve Hickman, science-fiction artist


To see more examples of Slawek´s artwork, please visit his online gallery at: http://www.slawcio.com




*** BOOK REVIEW ***

DAYDREAMING: The Art of Slawek Wojtowicz
By Slawek Wojtowicz
Xlibris 1-4134-4642-6
www.slawcio.com

I'd like to recall for you a dream I once had. I dreamed that I lay on my backin the middle of the woods, gazing at the stars and counting them one by one.As I lay, I enjoyed the wilderness sounds and beautiful trees. Even though theforest was thick, I was afforded a wide-open view of the sky.

Suddenly, the moon enveloped the entire sky. It was crashing towards the Earth and its entry intoour atmosphere gave it an illuminating, orange glow. Though the thought sounds terrifying, I wasnot afraid because subconsciously I knew there was no impending danger. I basked in theintricate texture of the moon and the indescribable detail of its terrain. I could see it so wellbecause it was now directly in front of me rather than perched into the sky, thousands of milesaway.

This dream was a product of my subconscious and imagination. I was only privileged to thisexperience because unlike during daily activity, dreams are limitless and not hindered by our lawsof physics. I thought that only during sleep would I be able to envision such fantasy with myeyes...until now.

In Daydreaming: The Art of Slawek Wojtowicz, I was astounded with the fascinating visions thatexisted upon each and every page. Artist, Slawek Wojtowicz, has an unbelievable eye coupledwith the ability to harness the dreams that only my subconscious could produce. Not only canWojtowicz see them within his mind's eye, but he can also create them through computergraphics and sometimes just acrylic paints! His unique combination of photography, graphics andartistic ability is absolutely breathtaking. Wojtowicz has redefined ART.

Whether you are science fiction guru, a graphic artist, an appreciator of art or just person, likemyself, who loves something new and refreshing, Daydreaming is a wonderful book.

*Total Eclipse almost mimicked the personal dream I described above, however, *Waiting ForHeisenberg has to be my favorite. My wife loved *Castle in the Sky and my three year old sonloved *Lucky Kaa (because he loves dolphins). Daydreaming can turn your coffee table into anew age art museum. It is a wonderful conversation piece because each page provokes animagination that we normally ignore in our 'busy' everyday lives.

Daydreaming: The Art of Slawek Wojtowicz displays the art of the future. It is a wonderfulbook full of imagination, intricate detail and need I use the word again, vision. Within its pagesare Picassos' of the 23rd century. I recommend it to any person that lives in the physical world butdreams beyond the stars.

Review by Robert Denson III
Managing Editor of Sunpiper Press / Owner of Sunpiper Literary & Consulting, P.C.
www.sunpiperpress.com / www.sunpiper.com

* - refers to works of art contained in Daydreaming: The Art of Slawek Wojtowicz
Preview coming soon.
Slawek Wojtowicz, grew up in Gdansk, Poland, before immigrating to the United States in 1990.

While in Poland, he was a member of the SF Club of Gdansk and the art director of Collaps, the most famous Polish science fiction zine.

He maintains the Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Surreal Art on the internet at http://www.slawcio.com. His science fiction art gallery on the web won multiple awards, including USA Today’s hot site award in 1998.

Slawek has illustrated numerous books, book covers, CD covers, magazine covers, Rifts Collectible Card Game and his art was used in the 2002 movie, In the Neighborhood.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children and works full-time as an oncologist in the pharmaceutical industry.

 
 


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