Habowski’s oil paintings are created in plein air and in the studio. Working outdoors allows him to immerse himself in an environment to better engage his senses and capture the nuances of colors. On some occasions he use’s the plein air painting as a study for a larger studio piece. What most informs the paintings are shapes that create a strong design and elements that comment on our contemporary existence. To characterize his paintings would be to call them events of the everyday. It is in these seemingly mundane moments that he looks for potential narrative that could be used to reflect his view of the world. To strengthen his message, Habowski melds the realist tradition with poetic interpretation to arrive at a new filtered reality. His affinity with light is paramount in allowing him to give form to this new reality, thus elevating thesubject and highlighting it’s uniqueness.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Beyond the environment, inspiration for Habowski’s work comes from many sources such as music, media, and books. Being a self-taught artist, his education has consisted of reading about and studying the work of artists that he admires. His diverse artistic influences range from Richard Diebenkorn to Robert Bechtle. By far, the most influential has been Edward Hopper. His award-winning work has been included in juried exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine, among others. He is an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America and currently exhibits his work at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine. In addition, Habowski has taught several oil painting workshops and currently provides instructional painting videos on his YouTube channel, habowskistudio.(click here).