Artist Olbinski to talk about exhibition ‘New Dreams of Old Values’ at Jule Collins Smith Museum Jan. 15

AUBURN – In conjunction with an exhibition of his works on display at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum, noted painter, printmaker and illustrator Rafal Olbinski will be at the museum Thursday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m. to talk about his work. The exhibition, “New Dreams of Old Values,” will be at the museum through Feb. 28. This event is part of the museum’s Third Thursday Free Nights and is open to the public.

“New Dreams of Old Values” is a collection of recent paintings by the artist that build on a series of his works commissioned by the German periodical “Der Stern” to address issues of ethics and morality in the modern world. The works on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum feature the artist’s recent musings on the subject, redeveloped as finished easel paintings. The exhibition is augmented by selected study drawings and a collection of Olbinski’s printed posters.

A native of Poland, Olbinski immigrated to the United States in 1981 and quickly established a successful career as a contemporary surrealist artist. His work is described as inventive and highly evocative and has appeared in publications such as Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek and Time magazine. Olbinski’s style is reminiscent of the work of early 20th century Surrealists Max Ernst, Man Ray and especially René Magritte.

Olbinski continues to produce numerous paintings and murals and has held more than 30 one-man shows during the last decade in the United States, Belgium, Chile, Germany, Japan and Poland. His paintings can be seen in the collections of the National Arts Club, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Library of Congress and the Suntory Museum in Osaka, Japan, as well as in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide. He has garnered more than 150 awards for such work, including Gold and Silver Medals from the Art Directors Club of New York, the Society of Illustrators in both New York and Los Angeles, and similar honors in England, France and Italy.

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