February 2011

jacek yerka was born in toruń, poland, in 1952 – where he later studied fine art and graphic design. while at university, yerka resisted the constant pressures of his instructors to adopt the less detailed, less realistic techniques continued to work in the classic, meticulous flemish style he still favors to this day. yerka graduated from the faculty of fine arts at nicolaus copernicus university in toruń, specializing in printmaking. He began working full time as an artist in 1980.

yerka cites hieronymus bosch, pieter bruegel, cagliostro, jan van eyck, and hugo van der goes as formative influencers of his work. his subject matter ranges from odd beasts to whimsical landscapes incorporating extraordinary architecture, and include imagery gleamed from his childhood.

work typically progresses from a graphite sketch, to crayon drawing, then a pastel comp, and finally an acrylic painting.

yerka has won international awards for his art, and has exhibited in warsaw, dusseldorf, los angeles, paris and london. he currently works and resides, with his family, in a rural enclave of his native Poland. (Bio from artist’s website)

to see more of yerka’s work, visit yerkaland.com.

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