llona Sochynsky: "A Journey Into Abstraction"

A Painting Retrospective

"Journey"
1995
25" X 12"
Oil on Linen
"The Flight"
1988
56" X 56"
Oil on Canvas
"Garden of Eden"
1995
9" X 9"
Oil on Linen
"Dialogue"
1995
10" X 10"
Oil on Linen

About The Work

As Christina Sad wrote in a recently published article on llona Sochynsky, titled A Journey Into Abstraction, "Every artist hopes to create a unique view of this world: llona Sochynsky has succeeded. Over the decade, Sochynsky's work has progressed from photo realism, through abstraction and elements of surrealism. The paintings are executed in a very clean, hard edge manner; the handling of the oils is accomplished, with smooth-surfaced, uniform application. Sochynsky's work belies the prejudice that painting is dead and that academic training hinders creativity. Her technical virtuosity and evocative images would be impossible without sound academic discipline and tradition."

About the Artist

llona Sochynsky has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has an MFA from Yale School of Art. An instructor of commercial art at Atlantic Community College, she has had several one person exhibits at various locations throughout the United Stated including Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago {1988} and the Ukrainian Institute of America, NYC {1984 and 1991). Locally she has exhibited her paintings in solo shows at Ocean City Art Center {1994} and Back Porch Cafe, Rohoboth Beach {1989 and 1995}. She has also been included in numerous group shows throughout the United States.

Her most recent accomplishment was the acquisition of a merit award in painting at the annual event "Women Artists of Atlantic County" held at the Garden Pier in Atlantic City. The subject of several articles about her art work, Ms. Sochynsky has an upcoming one person exhibit of paintings at the National Museum in Kiev, Ukraine, scheduled for August of this year.

For more information about this show and other Art Gallery events, please call Buddy Jacobs, ACCC Art Gallery Coordinator, 609/343-5040, ext. 5346 or e-mail bjacobs@atlantic.edu.