Each year, the American Art Awards, an online contest with winning artists last year from USA, Canada, Latvia, Macedonia, Switzerland, India, China, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Belgium, Australia, Slovakia, Italy, England, Romania and Mexico, honors the top 25 American galleries, who in turn vote on new online art. President of AAA, Thom Bierdz, a prolific artist, author and actor known to millions as Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless, shared with me why AAA has selected FAF Gallery.
“This gallery is a vortex for excitement,” Bierdz remarks. “We chose FAF as the best in Kentucky this year because their 5000 ft. showroom is infused with heralded paintings and sculpture. We like the vibe, the buzz, the cohesion with the multidimensional art. Housed in the historic landmark Henry Clay Building, FAF’s high ceilings, concrete floors, open floor plan, European furniture and large windows create a palatial environment that has become a hotspot for locals, tourists, and serious collectors. Fine Art Firm is a continuation and extension of Polonaise Fine Art and Studio 47 Galleries of Art, so we are duly impressed with their 20 years of experience. The gallery is owned by married couple Wojtek Pilczynski and Katarzyna Kociomyk.”
ABOUT KATARZYNA KOCIOMYK:
Kociomyk, who graduated with honors from one of the most prestigious Academies Of Fine Art in Europe, is known for her diversity of styles and techniques, and is an established commission artist for portraits, surrealism, still life, landscapes and cityscapes. Her paintings are in private collections in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She was the first woman in history who painted an official portrait of Muhammad Ali which was presented at the HBO premiere of the movie “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” and at the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Ceremony.
“This year, Hollywood will become more familiar with Kociomyk’s work as she has painted this image that will be on the top cover of Art Eatables TM chocolate box which will be given to A-list celebs at this year’s 2014 Academy Awards,” Bierdz tells us.
Wojtek explains the painted figure, “The silhouette is of Evelin Brent, an actress who came to Hollywood in 1920’s. Though talented, she never made it big. The 1920’s was also decade when the Academy Awards first started and my wife is fascinated with this era. In the 1920’s, the Henry Clay Building which is now FAF was also in its prime. There were many more recognizable actresses from this era but my wife liked this particular pose and composed the image based on that. The hand eating chocolate is Katarzyna’s hand, the chocolate she holds is exactly the shape of the chocolates inside the box, and the necklace is Art Eatables logo. The chocolates inside are probably the best Bourbon Truffles in the World made with finest chocolates exclusively paired with exquisite Kentucky Bourbons.”
Highlight Hollywood readers will be able to purchase boxes of these exact custom-made limited edition chocolates http://www.arteatables.com/ which Hollywood royalty will be savoring March 2, 2014. More info at http://www.thehenryclay.com/faf-gallery/
Katarzyna Kociomyk next to her tribute to Muhammad Ali, “If the Look Could Heal – Gratitude and Humanity,” at a benefit night for kids from The Dream Factory in Louisville. Little Princess Gloria, usually in a wheelchair, walked proudly – and seeing the painting of Muhammad Ali, exclaimed, “He is my hero.” “You Gloria are my hero” – Katarzyna replied.
Katarzyna in her studio creating 48X72 painting for 2014 Kentucky Derby “Winning Is Everything.”
Katarzyna in her studio working on “Thunder Over Louisville.”
HBO US Premiere of “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” at Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY.
Fine Art Firm owners Wojtek Pilczynski and Katarzyna Kociomyk.
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Gala Dinner – Galt House, Louisville, KY.
Ernesto Montenegro “Telephone Booth” – currently creating the largest steel sundial in the US.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: FAF Gallery
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