International Arts Movement is pleased to present The Beekeeper Paintings by Alfonse Borysewicz. In the words of the artist:

"For too long I have felt like a stranger or a man on the moon with my obsession of religious imagery. All around me I see an abandonment of overt religious imagery (especially by a contemporary somewhat abstract hand) yet I not only cling to painting more ‘religious’ imagery but have sought to exhibit them in churches where even there it seems to lack an apparent audience. What authenticates this work, and keeps me faithful to it, especially in my mature years, is that ‘undertow of mystery’ in the painting itself. In that sense, the man on the moon estrangement has been transformed to the nurturing Bee Keeper.
Several years ago I came across a poem by Robert Frost which seemed to encapsulate the issues and emotions of my own artistic sojourn. The White-Tailed Hornet Lives in a Balloon moves from a simple observation of a hornet in a barn to a contemplation of our humanity to divinity. In the same way my installation of six paintings begins with a stare upwards to the hornets hive and with eye moving left and right then center to the Christ experience and my/our response to it. The poetic becomes engaged with the religious. It is my own altarpiece in paint to ponder both the wonder and mystery of it all; especially for an audience of one."


Alfonse Borysewicz has widely exhibited his paintings and abstract wooden constructions both in the United States and abroad. In 1998, a Guggenheim fellowship made his breakout New York exhibit, Your Own Soul, possible. The exhibit marked the artist’s turn towards overt religiosity and its tension with mainstream, contemporary culture. In reviewing the exhibit, Art America observed, “Borysewicz’s ability to invent a language of transcendence which is both traditional and of the moment makes him a compelling artist.” These themes were already apparent in Woodcuts, exhibited in Boston in 1987 when Borysewicz began exploring the theological writings of St. Anslem and St. Thomas Aquinas as well as modern thinkers in visual organic forms layered in soft earthly hues. In the 2006 Re-veal, Re-veil, Re-vere: Alfonse Borysewicz: Paintings, the artist exhibited his works at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and he continues to focus on church installations bridging the gap between the arts and sacred space. Recently, the artist has devoted time to the written word in journal articles and book projects. Alfonse Borysewicz holds advanced degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

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