The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ Waltuch Art Gallery presents “Reality Enhanced,” an exhibition of more than 40 portraits, still lives, and streetscapes by artist Dr. David Zomick of Teaneck. The varied subjects and styles reflect the artist’s background and interests. The show will be on display through January 31.
After experimenting with pastels and oils, Dr. Zomick discovered acrylics and developed his skills in this vibrant and accessible medium. His paintings generally are realistic, though he occasionally paints something that is abstract or decorative. Although he began painting only when he retired as a leader in aerospace technology 15 years ago, his paintings and sculptures have won dozens of awards in juried competitions.
Dr. Zomick recently won first place awards in the Focus New Jersey Open Juried Art Show, Celebrating Bergen County’s Diversity Exhibit, and the New Jersey Juried Senior Art Competition. He is a member of the Northern New Jersey Art Affiliates and has had one-man exhibits at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Weiner Library and at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. His work has also been exhibited at Marcella Geltman Gallery and local public libraries in Teaneck, Englewood, and Dumont.
“My objective, when I begin a painting, is to portray reality in a way that will make the painting more interesting to the viewer than reality itself,” Dr. Zomick said. “I may try to make it more beautiful by varying color or form; more mysterious by exaggerating the lights and darks; or more interesting optically by creating a balanced (or disconcerting) composition. As I proceed with a painting, it is a constant struggle. My education as a physicist and my career as an aerospace technologist would have me portray precisely what I see, in excruciating detail, with no embellishment or personal commentary. I need to constantly remind myself that my camera can achieve that far more efficiently and effectively than I can. When I look at a finished painting and conclude that my camera could ‘never do that,’ I am happy.”
Dr. Zomick continues to study at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey, sculpts in marble and alabaster, and has studied ceramic sculpting. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and masters’ degrees in physics and business administration and has been a member of the JCC since 1991. He and his wife live within walking distance of their three married children; they have 13 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, all of whom have been the subjects of his paintings and drawings. His hobbies include playing the piano and tennis.
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