Eric Dzenis (repost)
Portrait of Ballerina Karen Kain
National Ballet of Canada
Today I learned of the passing of this man, this tremendous artist, and my friend and mentor in art and life, Eric Dzenis. I am broken hearted and saddened deep within at this passing. i will miss my friend. Life in art will always be missing this vital and cherished link.
In honour of Eric Dzenis I am re-posting the original blog of 02/23/12. My thoughts of Eric, one of the worlds greatest portrait artists.
my friend and mentor in art.
Recently I have been using a great photographer in Toronto for my reproduction work. The photographer happens to be the son of one of the most wonderful artists I have ever met, Eric Dzenis.
I was there to have my work photographed but all around me is the wonderfully detailed and moving work of this truly remarkable artist of the truly classical portrait style. Every detail, every shade of the muscle, every hair on the head and the eyes! Oh my goodness! those eyes he portrays, glitter with that light that catches your eye and makes you draw closer.
From his portrayal of countless Corporate Executives to the soft and delicate presentation of the one and only Karen Kain, his movement and flow just mesmerize me.
I have been in the presence of greatness, if never before certainly now. Now that I have met and rubbed shoulders with Mr Dzenis.
(you can read more about Eric Dzenis at http://starportraits.ca/season1/artists.php)
10/9/2018 07:33:14 am
Hi Robert: A short update on the Erik Dzenis Art Legacy Project. I have been working with artists and dancers all over the world for the past few years on a tribute video documentary, book and retrospect art show for my late father. Many of Erik's long time friends and associates have come forward with important stories and information about their relationship with Erik, including former members of the National Ballet of Canada, the New York City Ballet and others. I recently read your tribute statement on Eriks passing and our group was hoping to include it in the video and book. We are arranging video interviews with Erik's important contacts, please let us know if you are interested in participating.
12/2/2018 07:33:23 pm
We have a large painting from your father. Would you like a photo of it for your collection?
12/5/2018 05:42:01 pm
Dan, he was not my father, but a good friend. Id love to see it, send to me at email@example.com
4/5/2021 07:17:22 am
Dear Eric, I was introduced to you by Alice Cowan. You painted my Dad at a demonstration in Richmond Hill. Thank you, it graces my hall I have always been totally enamoured by your ballet works. fondly Pamela
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