Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Prayed Upon Prey”

“Prayed Upon Prey”

3-d collage & mixed media installation, 48” x 60” x 36" deep 

Final photo credit: Antony Boshier / Boshier Photography

All images copyright Wayne Brezinka 2014

“There are ghosts asleep inside every one of us: arcane issues never addressed, ancient griefs never laid to rest, suspicions, self doubts, banished longings, secret meanings. Something may call one of these ghosts by name. It will then arise from its slumber and begin speaking. This will take the form of a sudden insight, a connection never before acknowledged, a feeling that ignites an inner chain reaction, a joyful click as things finally fall into place. You are hearing the vote of a part of yourself long ago disenfranchised. When this happens, listen in rapture to the irrepressible “Yea.” 

"It may take years and just the right circumstances or person to grant us the liberating opening to know and to tell our story in words. When this happens, the memories come back and we hear ourselves putting them into words for the first time. This profound release initiates us into the heavy and healing ways of grief work."

David Richo, How To Be An Adult

Based on my childhood nightmare of being chased through a forest by men in wolf masks, this art strongly represents the narrative of my personal story. My goal was to chronicle and capture a sense of loss and emotional dimension showing humanity in one of it's fullest, darkest forms. Notice the stripes on the boys sleeve and pant leg disintegrating and coming undone, the hounds and wolves all have red like stripes around their snouts, almost absorbing or perhaps devouring the boy. I felt strongly about these symbols, I can't explain why . . . they just felt right in the process of creating. I struggled deeply while creating this image, pushing through my fear of what people may think, how they / you might engage, react, interact or dismiss the work.

I believe it is important to honor those dark places in our lives, to honor the shadows and bring them to light. We all have shadows, every one of us. Why is it easier to trust the shadow instead of the light? 

Fear - I’m reminded of what our dear friend Stephanie Link shared with me on a plane to Colorado many years ago - she asked me “Wayne, how would you live without fear?” “How would your life play out differently?”

“We mark with light in the memory the few interviews we have had with souls that made our souls wiser, that spoke what we thought, that told us what we knew, that gave us leave to be what we inly are,” says Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"God will redeem the me that wants to hide" says my friend Joe Earnest

This image will be the cover of the very first Collective Dream Arts Magazine. Many thanks to Kayla Bowen for her invitation, patience and grace throughout this process. It is with deep gratitude that I thank my wife Staci for her love and understanding during this process and to my friend Dane Anthony (whom gave me the title "Prayed Upon Prey") and to my friend Scott Owings for giving me the gift of silence and a place of refuge in friendship. Learn more about the Collective and support what kayla is doing by visiting this link.

Neither these materials nor any portion thereof may be used without permission. 
All images copyright Wayne Brezinka 2014. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Communication Arts Illustration Annual 55

I received news that this image has been selected by the 2014 jury to appear in the Illustration Annual 55 of Communication Arts.

168 projects were selected out of 4,362 entries.

"Adam for Peace" Thom Yorke of Radiohead
Collage, Mixed Media & Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
24" x 36"

After years of entering and trying to get in, I finally made the cut. CA is one of the more difficult competition
s to make. Many thanks to the judges:

AVIVA MICHAELOV, art director, New York Times Sunday Review section

CRAIG MIKES, principal/creative director, Proof Advertising

JILL SHIMABUKURO, director of design, University of Chicago Press

JEFFERY SMITH, illustrator/educator, Montebello, CA

JANINE VANGOOL, publisher/editor/designer, UPPERCASE magazine

Look for the May/June 2014 issue of Communication Arts on newsstands like Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million. More than 45,000 copies will be distributed to subscribers and by single copy sales through art stores, book stores,, iTunes or direct from 

Next collage workshop March 1 & 2

Highlights from this past weekend . . . Brezinka for Beginners 4. We had a wonderful time this weekend. I offered my 4th collage workshop, leading 13 eager students through a process of materials, application, experimentation, chance and control, and all sorts of possibilities in the process of art making and collage. 

Consider attending Brezinka for Beginners 5 March 1 & 2.
Now taking reservations. I would love to welcome you and your friends. Sign up today to reserve your spot. Details below.

"Making art (weather it be music, writing, poetry or visual) can feel dangerous and revealing. Making art is dangerous and revealing. Making art precipitates self-doubt, stirring deep waters that lay between what you know you should be, and what you fear you might be. For many people, that alone is enough to prevent their ever getting started at all–and for those who do, trouble isn't long in coming. Doubts, in fact, soon rise in swarms . . ." – Art & Fear, Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland

"My struggles & demons can help me as an artist, they all have a story to tell . . ." – Quote from a student who attended Brezinka for Beginners 4 

Brezinka for Beginners 5
A Collage Workshop

Saturday, March 1 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 2
12 noon - 4:00 p.m. 

$199 for a 2 day class

A $100 non refundable deposit is due to secure your spot

You will be lead through a process of materials, application, experimentation, chance and control, and learn all sorts of possibilities in the process of collage Learn how fear can stifle our creativity and often times block our best efforts . . . Learning all within a community of fellow creatives.This collaging workshop will reveal the step-by-step methodology, along with a few secrets that Wayne Brezinka has developed so you too can create. You’ll be introduced to different mediums, effective layering, and end up with a piece of art you can display in your home. You’ll receive personal instruction and tips for your final piece and have loads of fun doing it! Some paints and collage supplies are included in lab fee. A suggested material list will be provided for students in the coming weeks.

LOCATION: Warehouse 521 at 521 Heather Place right behind Baja Burrito and Sam and Zoe’s Coffee House off of Thompson Lane in Nashville.

To reserve you spot, message me or send me an e-mail. Visit my website for contact information

Monday, January 6, 2014

THINK SPRING! 36th Humana Festival of New American Plays

Artwork commission for the Actors Theatre of Louisville. The 36th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. The Humana Festival is the leading event of its kind, launching new plays into the national spotlight. It presents groundbreaking works that represent many generations, many voices and many views. The festival runs the gamut from comedies to dramas to plays that forge new theatrical territory. It was an honor to be invited and a pleasure to execute this assignment.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

NEW for 2014

My latest image . . . a Christmas gift commission for friends Tom and Sherri Ward. Tom surprised his wife Sherri with this work on Christmas Eve of 2013. The image incorporates many of Sherri's childhood letters written to her Grandmother, along with her Grandfathers pipe affixed to the lower portion of the branch in the foreground, her fathers image is a part of the tree branch in the upper right mid section of the image and several black and white photos taken by her Grandfather while stationed in the war were used to create the tree line. Final image size is 36" x 36" collage, mixed media and acrylic on canvas.

Monday, December 9, 2013

NOTE CARD SETS for Christmas! A Great Gift Idea . . .


A detailed description of each set listed here. Please message me or send me an e-mail if you are interested in purchasing.

JAZZ & BLUES American Culture At It's Best Jazz and blues created some of the most brilliant and compelling musicians such as Robert Johnson, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, performers who shared a passion for the music and improvisation. Each one instrumental in creating the artistic foundation of American culture at it’s best. These images were inspired by them, their dedication, skill and love of music. Set of 3 cards (blank inside) comes with 3 brown kraft envelopes. $8 for the set (does not include shipping)

AMERICAN HOMESTEAD A Family Legacy and Tradition The foundation of American livelihood is built upon the hard working farmers, sharecroppers, countrymen and women, who surviving The Great Depression, paved the way through their determination and perseverance to make America the home that it is today. These images were inspired by a friends family historical project tracing back many generations. Set of 3 cards (blank inside) comes with 3 brown kraft envelopes. $8 for the set (does not include shipping)

FAMINE Portraits The Faces of Mogadishu Nourishment. A simple necessity that I often take for granted. This series was inspired by the recent news of the severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Having never been truly hungry, I cannot grasp walking miles on end in search of food and water. A portion of the proceeds from this project will be donated directly to World Vision’s Horn of Africa Food Crisis. My hope is that these images will inspire you to do admirable things by using your talents for the greater good of others. Set of 4 cards (blank inside) comes with 4 brown kraft envelopes. $10 for the set (does not include shipping)