Last night in London I met tons of wonderful people who turned out to watch the London Knights take on the Sarnia Sting…. and also, to see my artwork.
It is quite the compliment to have so many people come up to me and say that they saw me on the television, read about me in the newspaper, or that they’ve been following my progress. I had my first autograph signing yesterday, which is awesome. Maybe it will be the first of many.
If you were at last nights game and this is your first time visiting my website there are a few things you need to know.
The website is still in its infancy and I had previously been away at school – so there is only so much artwork posted so far. I’m a hard worker, and if you bookmark this website you should see that I try to post a new piece just about every week (depending on the complexity). I will often post new artwork, tour dates, news related pieces, or just talk about “stuff” here on this blog. So this is the page that you come to to find out what’s going on.
If you came here looking to buy prints of my work, that is possible. However, my online store hasn’t been set up just yet, but if you send me an email we can still work it out. I have a number of Canvas Prints (printed onto a canvas) that look exactly as my paintings do. The only difference is that they are 1 shade darker, and they don’t have the texture that the real painting has… of course. 9.5/10 in quality. Send me an email: Michael@slotsartstudio.com before the one you want is sold out!
I also do commission work. I can paint original pieces for you, you can send me photos that you would like me to redo, I’m even more skilled with a pencil than I am a brush, and I love working with watercolour too. If you have something in mind that you would like done, send me an email: Michael@slotsartstudio.com
Finally, I had an interview yesterday and ended up in the Metro News, check it out:
Artist Michael Slotwinski’s Hockey’s Masked Men exhibit touring OHL cities
Artist Michael Slotwinski, 23, of Sarnia, is pictured Tuesday with a painting of Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent. The painting, part of a travelling exhibit called Hockey’s Masked Men, was on display at Budweiser Gardens. Metro/Angela Mullins
Michael Slotwinski makes a habit of letting his audience drive his art.
So, given that he’s Canadian — and from a long line of hockey players — his travelling series featuring five decades worth of legendary goalies and their masks seems a natural fit.
“Everybody loves hockey,” Slotwinski of Sarnia said. “It’s something that we Canadians live around and (as an artist), you’re always trying to find something that people can respond to or relate to.”
Dubbed Hockey’s Masked Men, the touring exhibit features of 13 paintings depicting hockey greats like the Boston Bruins’ Gerry Cheevers, the Maple Leafs’ Mike Palmateer and the Philadelphia Flyers’ Bernie Parent.
Slotwinski, 23, unofficially started the series about two years ago as part of a class assignment at the University of Guelph. When people started asking to buy the initial paintings, Slotwinski realized he could be on to something big.
“The cranks in your mind start to turn, and you think, ‘It’s a really a good idea, and maybe I should do some more,’” he said about the series’ evolution.
Slotwinski’s work has been making its way around OHL venues since November, stopping Tuesday at Budweiser Gardens.
He’ll be in St. Catharines on Jan. 18 and Brampton on Feb. 10. More stops are in the works.
For a look at artist Michael Slotwinski’s work, including paintings from Hockey’s Masked Men, visit slotsartstudio.com. Prints are available by contacting Slotwinski through the website.
Here are some of my photo’s from last night: