Watercolors by George Dombek
Dombek donated two paintings to the University of Arkansas Libraries. He donated “Someone's Knocking,” a painting from his Crates series, his master's thesis project, in 1977, and “Medal of Honor,” a watercolor from his Ozark Portrait series, in 2008.
Raised on a small farm outside of Paris, Arkansas, George Dombek received his bachelor's degree in architecture (1974) and a Master's of Fine Arts in Painting (1975) from the University of Arkansas. Dombek went on to teach architecture and art at universities in Arkansas, Ohio, Florida, Saudi Arabia, and Italy. Dombek donated two paintings to the University of Arkansas Libraries. He donated “Someone's Knocking,” a painting from his Crates series, his master's thesis project, in 1977, and “Medal of Honor,” a watercolor from his Ozark Portrait series, in 2008.
Dombek said, “While going to school at the U of A, few days went by that I didn't spend some time in the Fine Arts Library. The library played an important part in my education; as important as the classes or aspects of my career as a student. It is fortunate that the University has a separate library that contains fine art.'
Over a forty-year period Dombek has generated an impressive catalog of work. Predominantly working in watercolor, he refers to his distinctive style as “abstract realism.” His works appear in over 800 museum, corporate, and private collections and have been exhibited in more than 150 solo and group shows, including shows at the Arkansas Arts Center, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Oakland Museum.
His more than eighty awards include: recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Arts Council, Florida Arts Fellowships from the Florida Arts Council, and most recently, a New York Studio Residency from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, and a Pollack-Krasner Award.
Find more information at http://www.georgedombek.com/.
On display in Level 4, Graduate Study Area, Room 401, Mullins Library.
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