Paul Honatke Art on Display at Nevada City Winery – December 2019

Honatke’s work is both hypnotic and introspective. His Acrylic paintings introduce the viewer to otherworldly dreamlike figures that command our total attention; while giving us the opportunity to ponder and reflect on our own dreams. Whether a tipped lantern, a cup, or a powerful intriguing woman, Hontke’s subjects are enveloped in wonderous dancing lines of spirited colors and movement.

Honatke studied at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and spent summers painting and exhibiting his work in Delaware. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts, he traveled several times to Europe, explored Morocco, Turkey, and Mexico. Later he traveled and lived in several parts of the United States including San Francisco, where he worked, did shows, and studied graphic arts at the City College of San Francisco. He has lived in Nevada County since 2003.

Exhibit Title: Electra Plus

Artist: Paul Honatke

Show Dates: December 5th – January 6th

Where:  Nevada City Winery  321 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959  530-265-9463  www.NCWinery.com

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Nevada City Winery offers a diverse selection of wines that can be enjoyed in a tasting, by the glass and the bottle. Guests are welcome to sit and relax in our tasting room, gallery, or on the patio. Our gift shop has a wonderful selection of wine-gifts and accessories, cheeses, and other treats to enjoy during your visit. Our barrel room and production facilities are on the premises and located directly below the tasting room enabling us to share crush related activities. Our gallery hosts a different local artist each month and is open to the public free of charge. You are invited to join us for the opening art receptions typically held 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on the first Friday of every month. Please verify dates and times on our website www.NCWinery.com.

Paul Honatke Talks About His Art and His Show at Nevada City Winery

“In my art I combine a loose drawing style with careful painting. The goal is to create a believable other world. A place where drawing throws conventions out the window and painting quietly brings them back in.

The human subjects, in my paintings present a quietude which invites self-contemplation. Direct, and generally non-committal, they are every-persons in the world theater. Stylistically, I’ve been influenced by the usual suspects – Picasso, Matisse – and perhaps less obviously, Paul Klee. I like to think that I’ve put some distance between my work and those revered folk by developing a recognizable style of my own, particularly in the drawing.

Some of the paintings in this show “Electra Plus” are brand new, the rest were done over the past two years, approximately. With one or two exceptions, none of the subjects are drawn from life. Obviously! They are all interpretations and inventions. Sometimes spontaneous, sometimes culled from past sketchbooks, which constitute a rich resource of undeveloped ideas. A cast of characters in search of a play.

Painting is a process of creating problems and finding solutions. I usually begin with a central figure to which I add other elements to create a narrative and develop composition. It’s a puzzle. In my recent work I find I am increasingly reliant on fine lines. They are the high notes that define the shapes and, I hope, make the image come alive. I am constantly striving for, and almost never achieving, perfection in this pursuit. It’s a bit obsessive maybe, but let’s call it passionate.

Some of the canvasses here have been treated with a ground/base of modeling paste to create an irregular textured surface. I consider this as built-in visual interest; the texture being exploited through thin paint applications and their partial removal with sandpaper. Of course, this conflicts with the whole “perfect line” thing.”