Original Oil Painting
"When I am Painting, I see the wind driving the waves, the tugboats smoke from the stacks, rust
stains streaking the side of a freighter bound for scrap.
M arek Sarba has not given in to the easy road or the passing fancy. While others paint the billowing sails and make-believe ocean of their armchair dreams, Sarba paints from the pit of his stomach. He viscerally recounts in oil on canvas the solitude and terror and overwhelming grace of the sea as he experienced it nearly two decades.
His work can be divided into two subjects, with frequent overlapping or transitional episodes within each.
Through continual experimentation, he kept his work fresh and current, and his own style emerged in his mature work of maritime subjects and portraits.
Marek Sarba portraits reveal personalities of sitters as well captures the subtlety beauty and physical characteristics.
Among his subjects have been the captain, crew and passengers of the H.M.S. Titanic, and Civil War General Horatio G. Wright. He has also painted the captain, crew and officials gathered for the launch of the Confederate submarine C.S.S. Hunley, using as his models dozens of area Civil War reenacters.
Marek individual style and content, developed along his own personal lines. By his own admission he became a champion of Romanticism and pursued the idea that the most ordinary human experiences are a legitimate subject for art.
His work has been higligted in numerous publications and his painting can be found in privated and museums fine art collections.
M arek Sarba is available for portrait or marine painting commissions and can be contacted by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Though it looks like paint is in truth his life, that flows from brush with bygone youth to a gessoed world that holds each moment locked within the timeless waves of blue.
Each line each stroke recalls in elegant simplicity, the days and years extant behind his eyes, that beg to live anew, but now as hungry memories decant.
For those who do not know what time imbued, the years that etched this film or he construed, his ocean scenes are art, exquisite form and he unseen, is lost behind the hues.
But those who look from work to work, informed by streams of life they find in painted storms and peaceful reverie opposed, can see the chapters of his life, in paint performed.
As long as oil and brush can set him free to live out there in salty spray, to be at one again with all that was his life he'll live within each frame eternally.
He paints not what you see, but calm or strife the drama of the sea both day and night, and flying at the height of deckhand's eye he gives to us the gift of his life's sight.
It is foretold in all that he has tried his hand will be the vessel not denied to carry from the past to canvass viewed what is profound of life, in paint he has applied.
2005, Arthur Isaacson for Marek Sarba