Rich Wojdula Artist Statement
My work is based on the nuances and dynamics of light, color and shape. Specifically, I am intrigued with the interaction of a painting's elements, such as line and the tensions/affects which it encounters with the spatial field. The diversions and paths in the process of painting as a result of unperceived "accidents" provides me with surprises and unformulated results. Subliminal content beneath subsequent painted surfaces, the impact of immediate markings, expressive gestures, all contribute to a cumulative personal expressive journey.
" We can never know things in themselves but only how they appear in experience." -Immanuel Kant
Rich Wojdula's career as an artist spans several decades. Classically trained in drawing and painting, he later became an accomplished
functional and nonfunctional ceramic artist while still pursuing his 2-D artwork. In the early 1990s, in collaboration with another artist and
business associate Patricia Crawford, he created a series of "boxes" and large sculptural pieces with moving gears. Based on old movies, irreverent depictions of art, current issues, political and non-political, these metaphorical wooden automata literally "took off" under the auspices of the Brigitta Schluger Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Television, featured newspaper coverage and art shows followed. In 2002, Rich Wojdula returned to painting full-time.
and has since been represented by several galleries. Mr. Wojdula does not place an emphasis on "Style" as much as substance and
competence in execution of the idea/work. Having taught many disciplines of art over 30 years, he now enjoys this current time for the freedom it allows him to partake in further exploring the art process. He cites such artists as Richard Diebenkorn, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko and
the Abstract Expressionists of the 40's and 50's as having a strong influence on his development as an artist. Rich Wojdula's works are in collections throughout the Unites States and also in Canada.
2018 Globe Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2018 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; One man show
2017 G44 Gallery One man show
2017 Artwork NetWork Gallery
2016 Artwork Network Gallery, Denver, CO; 3 man show
2016 G44 Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO.
2015 G44 Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO.
2008-16 Saatchi Art
2007 Exhibitrek Contemporary Gallery, Boulder, CO.
2006 Exhibitrek Contemporary Gallery, Boulder, CO.
2006 The Pikes Peak Center Juried Exhibition, Colorado Springs, CO.
2005 Culture Clash Gallery, Salida, CO.
2005 Deloney/Newkirk Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2005 Cogswell Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO.
2005 Gallery, Guffey, CO.
2004 Cogswell Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO.
2004 Deloney/Newkirk Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2002 Cogswell Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO.
2002 Gallery Nine Contemporary Art, Denver, CO.
2001 Abend Gallery, Denver, CO.
2001 The River Rock Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO.
1998 Gallery Sophia George, Denver, CO.
1996 The Brigritte Schluger Gallery, Denver, CO.
1995 The Brigritte Schluger Gallery, Denver, CO.
1995 The Lightside Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
1995 The Como No Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
1994 The Brigritte Schluger Gallery, Denver, CO.
1994 Gallery Ten O Five, Colorado Springs, CO.
1992 The Brigritte Schluger Gallery, Denver, CO.
1992 Roby Mill Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO.
1991 The Brigritte Schluger Gallery, Denver, CO.
1991 The Adobe Wall Gallery, Lake City, CO.
1990 The Brigritte Schluger Gallery, Denver, CO.
1990 The Retrospective Gallery, La Jolla, CA.
1990 The Artworks Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO.
1990 The Ice House Invitational Show, Denver, CO.
1989 Sangre de Christo Art Center, "Own Your Own Show," Pueblo, CO.
"The Independent," Colorado Springs, Colorado
"WestWord," Review by Nancy Clegg, Denver, CO.
"The Gazette Telegraph," Colorado Springs, CO.
"The Denver Post," Press review/article by Steve Rosen on collaborative work with Pat Crawford, Artist.
"The New Indicator," University of California/San Diego Press
Channel 4, Denver, CO., Featured artist/review
Channel 13, Colorado Springs, CO., "Emphasis on the Arts" program on the construction "automata" works of artists Rich Wojdula and Pat Crawford.
"The Springs Magazine," Colorado Springs, CO. Feature article.
The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL.
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.
The University of Colorado, Denver, CO
Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver, B.C., Canada