John Rodak Art


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About the Art

Using my descriptive term of ‘illustrative preservation’, images of the past are beautifully captured in black and white renderings. Statuary, structures and signage from both America and Asia comprise this portfolio of work. The drawings, completed in dots using pen and ink (by hand), represent images as they appeared at the time while others are a compilation of a particular theme.

"Pointillism takes emotional images, character, etc., and makes them all come together and make a whole that tells a story." - Stephen Sondeheim



From 2002 through 2004 I had an exhibit of my work entitled, 'HARVEST: Twilight of the Barn in Ohio', that toured the state of Ohio. It was displayed in libraries, historical societies, colleges and universities. Its purpose was to draw attention to a crisis in the state at that time regarding farms. My father's side had my grandfather, two uncles and eventually two cousins who all owned and operated farms (dairy and otherwise) on the same country road. I was familiar with that way of life. When I saw that family farms were being sold off because of taxes and disinterest in continuing the family business, I contacted the governor, the state senator, etc., with a proposal to illustrate Ohio barns as they were at that time and exhibit it throughout the state.  I took it upon myself to travel the state whenever I was up there and photograph those structures I thought were interesting. I put together 18 illustrations, matted and framed them. It was where I termed the phrase, 'illustrative preservation' -- visually saving these images that had meant so much at one time to the growth and development of the state of Ohio.

In 2016, I had three exhibits in Texas. One was at the State Capitol in Austin, Tx in 2015. Another was in Brenham at the Back Lot Gallery. The third at Chappell Hill Historical Museum was expansive. The exhibit in Chappell Hill dealt with images exclusive to Washington County and was up for a week in the rotunda (that was their policy of exhibits) was just a general display of my work. 

The third exhibit is in New Braunfels. Tx. It is titled "MOMENTS IN TIME" at Wayland Baptist University / New Braunfels Campus

The show is currently open and will stay open for a few weeks longer. You can find my original pieces and prints are also available. For more info email or call us today!

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