Assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel, 40 x 30 inches.
PRESS: Nashville Arts Magazine
Commissioned by Walter’s children in honor and celebration of their father's 80th birthday.
Knestrick, the retired founder of Walter Knestrick Contractor, Inc. and a longtime friend of the Tennessee State Museum. Around Nashville, Walter is very often recognized as the name behind his reputable construction company, but in a different circle in town, he is known as an important part of Nashville’s art community. Most notably, Knestrick has acquired the greatest Red Grooms art and print collection on the globe and has worked to make Grooms’ works accessible to a large audience.
Many of Walter's personal items and artifacts were used in the construction of this work dating back to his early childhood in the late 1930's through present-day.
Cut paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel, 30 x 24 inches
Brezinka was one of two artists commissioned by the Washington Post for their 2017 inauguration cover. The image was later considered for publication in retrospect of Trump's first 100 days in office. However, the art was pulled and never published.
Although grateful for this assignment, Brezinka quickly found himself at the crossroads where creativity and conscience collide.
READ MORE in this Nashville Arts Magazine interview.
"Portraiture is the most personal – and certainly the most psychological – of art forms. It may even be the most political." – Kim Sajet, Director, National Portrait Gallery
One of the most interesting items used in this portrait is a small piece of the original iconic bright red cape with the big yellow "S" patch affixed to the back that Christopher Reeve wore as he portrayed Superman in the blockbuster film. It was provided to Brezinka by a friend who is a major collector of all things interesting - antique books, fine art, cars and such. It has been used as a portion of Trump's red tie. Many Americans believe that Donald Trump can save The United States and is in some way, their Superman. See photos of the original cape shown right.
Many thanks to the folks at the Washington Post for 10+ years of continued assignments. I am very grateful.
TIPS ON VACATIONING IN EUROPE
Recent news about the Euro, Uber and baggage size have prompted questions from travelers.
12 x 9 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on panel.
ART DIRECTOR: Corinne Myller
SEE AMERICA, 2017
20 x 16 inches, cut paper, college and mixed media on wood panel
However much we're urged these days to embrace unpredictability, every decision maker in business craves certainty. And lately, volatile headlines have made it difficult to plan ahead. But notwithstanding promised changes to taxes and more, the US economy will likely stay more or less on track.
Art Director: Sonya Vasilieff
“Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.” —Johnny Cash
WATCH BRAD PAISLEY OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO Featuring this work
66 x 55.5 inches overall, assemblage, cut paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel
See the story behind The Man In Black as told through the art of Brezinka's mixed media portraiture using some of the rarest artifacts from the Cash collection.
This original work is now on view at the Storytellers Museum and Hideaway Farm in Bon Aqua, Tennessee. The farm belonged to Johnny Cash for over thirty years. See the house where he lived, and the land that he loved, the place he called “the center of my universe.” Also on view at the Storytellers Museum, 2 additional large-scale Brezinka mixed media portraits. Learn more HERE
AMONG THE AUTHENTIC CASH ARTIFACTS USED TO CONSTRUCT THIS WORK INCLUDE:
Original custom-made black CASH jacket
An original John R. Cash 1980 fishing license signed by Johnny
The gun holster from Johnny's iconic 1960 Columbia Records album cover "Ride This Train" (documentation and authenticity paperwork is available)
Sun Records "Blue Suede Shoes" center, signed by Carl Perkins (Johnny's good friend) to Chance Martin (Johnny's long-time photographer)
A gold watch that Johnny gave to his mother as a gift (documentation and authenticity paperwork available)
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20 x 16 inches, cut paper, college and mixed media on wood panel
With a new US administration trumpeting shifts on trade, taxes, and regulations, it's almost certain that economic conditions for businesses will change in the upcoming months. But it's hard for CEOs to make key decisions until they see new policies, and few of those have as yet materialized.
Art Director: Sonya Vasilieff
ED (Bad Boy) BROWN
20 x 16 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel
Ed Brown was a Chicago-based fighter who was about to break through and hit big on a national level before he was gunned down and killed by a rival gang on Chicago's West Side in December of 2016.
ART DIRECTOR: Katherine Shady
On March 14, 2017 I received an email from a Chicago resident upon seeing this illustration in print. With Clare's permission, here is a portion of her letter to me:
"Wayne, your illustration on the late Ed Brown is a thoughtful narrative piece that would help facilitate conversations with youth (on the topic of gun violence) throughout Chicago communities. I've been wanting to do more to spread the word but am not sure how to contribute beyond hosting violence-prevention forums. Art has a special way of communicating.
The piece speaks of the countless gunfire tragedies that take place in Chicago streets. It's devastating to read about it in the papers and the impact is even more profound when it's someone you know.
During my first week working, I met a community person who had a scar on his face. After a few minutes of conversing with him, we shared some sacred moments regarding his experiences in Chicago streets. It turns out the scar on his face was due to a gunshot wound. We laughed and even cried for the next hour as we explored ways to improve experiences for at-risk African American males. He was killed at my park the very next day.
Just some thoughts to help you understand I appreciate your intentionality and processing in creating the illustration on Ed Brown. He was a celebrity in the streets, a beacon of hope for the (Chicago) boxing community and an example of the vulnerability that lies in our communities."
Clare Rodriguez, Chicago resident
30 x 24 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on canvas
Created for a new podcast that Dan has developed with the help of his friends over at Gradient called Scribble & Jam: the podcast about the question that shapes us. Dan wrote a great feature that fully explains the idea behind the podcast and why he loves questions so much. I hope you'll check it out here. I was interviewed by Dan for the very first episode that went live on Friday, September 9, 2016. Check it out and listen here!
Haseltine is an American singer best known as the lead vocalist for alternative folk rock group Jars of Clay. He is the founder of the non-profit organization, Blood:Water Mission, where he currently sits as part of the board of directors.
NO MAN’S LAND
LP & CD cover design & hand-lettering
12 x 12 inches, cut paper, & collage on panel
ART DIRECTOR: Charlie Peacock
"Wayne has the gift of artistic surprise. His art gives birth to the audible “Ahh.” How? Why? Because he’s a spring-loaded artist who blends serious skill and whimsy with the ease of breathing and you can’t help but recact with the full weight of delight.”
- CHARLIE PEACOCK
48” x 60” x 36” deep, mixed media installation
PHOTOGRAPHY: Antony Boshier / Boshier Photography
Based on my childhood nightmare of being chased through a forest by men in wolf masks, this art represents the narrative of my personal story.
“There are ghosts asleep inside every one of us: arcane issues never addressed, ancient griefs never laid to rest, suspicions, self doubts, banished longings, secret meanings.
Something may call one of these ghosts by name. It will then arise from its slumber and begin speaking. This will take the form of a sudden insight, a connection never before acknowledged, a feeling that ignites an inner chain reaction, a joyful click as things finally fall into place. You are hearing the vote of a part of yourself long ago disenfranchised. When this happens, listen in rapture to the irrepressible, Yea.”
“It may take years and just the right circumstances or person to grant us the liberating opening to know and to tell our story in words. When this happens, the memories come back and we hear ourselves putting them into words for the first time. This profound release initiates us into the heavy and healing ways of grief work.”
– DAVID RICHO, How To Be An Adult
My goal was to chronicle and capture a sense of loss and emotional dimension, revealing humanity in one of its fullest, darkest forms. Notice the stripes on the boy’s sleeve and a pants leg disintegrating and coming undone. The hounds and wolves all have red like stripes around their snouts, almost absorbing, or perhaps, devouring the boy. I felt strongly about these symbols although I can’t explain why . . . they just felt right in the process of making the art. I struggled deeply while creating this work, pushing through my fear of what people may think, how they / you might engage, react, interact or dismiss the work.
I believe it is important to uncover those dark places in our lives, to honor the shadows and bring them to light. We all have shadows, every one of us. Why is it easier to dismiss the shadows instead of focusing light on them?
FEAR - I’m reminded of what our dear friend Stephanie Link shared with me on a plane to Colorado many years ago - she asked me “Wayne, how would you live without fear” “How would your life play out differently?”
“We mark with light in the memory the few interviews we have had with souls that made our souls wiser, that spoke what we thought, that told us what we knew, that gave us leave to be what we inly are,”says Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“God will redeem the me that wants to hide” says my friend Joe Earnest
This image was the cover of the very first Collective Dream Arts Magazine project. Many thanks to Kayla Bowen for her invitation, patience and grace throughout this process.
60 x 48 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage, and mixed media on canvas
Guy Clark was an American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer.
There is much symbolism featured within this work pointing towards several of Guy’s iconic song lyrics including: The Randall Knife (see the original Randall Knife in one of the ‘making of’ photos here), Homegrown Tomatoes, Texas 1947 and his album, Workbench Songs. An original rolled cigarette that belonged to Guy, a 1970’s Jim McGuire photograph of Guy and his son, handwritten notes and letters by Guy himself and 1943 and 1945 train track flattened nickels are among the items used to construct this portrait, which was commissioned by Guy’s family.
NBC NEWS - WSMV, NASHVILLE Channel 4
SUMMER READING: Summertime, and the reading is easy
20 x 16 inches, cut paper & collage on wood panel
ART DIRECTOR: Mike Rice
IN GODLESS WE DON'T TRUST
A sense of distrust fuels prejudice against atheists
14 x 11 inches, cut paper & collage on panel
ART DIRECTOR: Heather Hopp-Bruce
Cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel and or canvas
Bird /berd/ distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.
COLD BEER CONVERSATION
CD cover design & hand-lettering
36 x 36 inches, cut paper, collage & mixed media on canvas
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Karen Naff
ART DIRECTOR: Craig Allen
Commissioned by Universal Music, Nashville for the cover of ‘Cold Beer Conversation’. I was invited to present the original artwork to George backstage at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It now resides in his personal collection.
LP & CD cover art & hand-lettering
12 x 12 inches, cut paper, & collage on panel
ART DIRECTOR: Craig Allen
The Washington Post
16 x 20 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel.
Toby Keith was a loud political voice after 9/11. What about in the Trump era?
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Johnson
The story centers around Minnesotans’ love of cabin culture up at the lake.
Cut paper & collage on cardboard
ART DIRECTOR: Leslie Plesser
ADAM FOR PEACE
36 x 24 inches, collage, mixed media & acrylic on canvas
Communication Arts 55th Annual Illustration Award of Excellence
168 projects were selected out of 4,362 entries. Many thanks to the judges!
GOD ON THE ROCKS
Book cover design & hand-lettering
ART DIRECTOR: Julee Brand
AWARDED: Top Shelf Book Cover Award
JOHN SEIGENTHALER, 2014
Cut paper, collage, and mixed media on canvas, 30” x 24”
This portrait of John Seigenthaler, American journalist and defender of First Amendment Rights, includes Seigenthaler’s glasses and one of his neckties, provided by his secretary, Ms. Gay Campbell. Among the historically significant items used in the portrait are original Tennessean mastheads from 1973 and 1974, a 1982 USA Today, and a 1961 press photograph of Freedom Rider Susan Wilbur, whom Seigenthaler saved from the riots in Montgomery, Alabama.
Seigenthaler was commissioned by Vanderbilt Magazine, the alumni magazine of Vanderbilt University, for an article in its Summer 2014 issue about Seigenthaler and his long association with the university.
The original was purchased by former Vice President Al Gore and now resides in his personal collection.
‘Best of Show’ and ‘Gold Award’ - The Tennessean
College Public Relations Association, 2015
NASHVILLE ARTS MAGAZINE
MEAL OR MASTERPIECE?
Is food art? The art and food critic share their views on food as art in a spirited back-and-forth.
20 x 16 inches, assemblage, cut paper, & collage on panel.
ART DIRECTOR: Brittany Volk
20 x 16 inches, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel
Cover art for a feature article on Military Mondays: Bringing Legal Expertise to Veterans in Starbucks. W&M College teams up with global brand Starbucks to offer this unique and generous program for our deserving veterans.
Art Director: Michael Bartolotta
The Sound of History, 2017
40 x 30 inches overall, assemblage, cut paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel
Elvis Presley, it seems, is here to stay.
2017 marks 40 years since Elvis’ passing. This new, original, commissioned work is constructed of found and repurposed items from the home of Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and the site where 'The Colonel' made Elvis a star. This unsuspecting Madison, Tennessee home and office was also the headquarters of the original Elvis Presley Fan Club.
Brezinka takes a closer look at many components of Elvis's iconic career - his slick, combed-back hair, the classic mid-century microphone, the lip curl, his deep faith and love of Gospel music, and most importantly, the man behind Elvis – Colonel Tom Parker.
Recurring themes in this work include struggle and persistence, salvation and protection.
Art Director: Jade Novak
Mixed media, including vintage and primal scripture archetypes, various fabric, cardboard and rope, 24 x 18 in. on wood panel
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Commissioned for the book cover, "Moment's Till Midnight: The Final Thoughts of a Wandering Pilgrim" by Brent Crowe
The human face shines out as the icon of intimacy. It is here, in this icon of human presence, that divinity in creation comes nearest to itself. The human face is the icon of creation. Each person also has an inner face, which is always sensed but never seen. The heart is the inner face of your life. The human journey strives to make this inner face beautiful. – John O'Donohue
"Paul was a tough fucker. He is a superintellectual guy, but he is fierce and he has, of course, the Damascene experience. He goes off and lives as a tentmaker. He starts to preach, and he writes this ode to love, which everybody knows from his letter to the Corinthians: "Love is patient, love is kind. . . . Love bears all things, love believes all things" – you hear it at a lot of weddings. How do you write these things when you are at your lowest ebb? 'Cause I didn't. I didn't. I didn't deepen myself. I am looking to somebody like Paul, who was in prison and writing these love letters and thinking, "How does that happen? It is amazing." – Bono of U2, The Rolling Rolling Stone Interview, December, 2017.
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