Wayne Brezinka, LINCOLN, 2013, Collage, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 48"

Wayne Brezinka, LINCOLN, 2013, Collage, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 48″

Ford’s Theatre through May 6, 2015

Artist Wayne Brezinka has always been fascinated with history, and images of Abraham Lincoln’s rugged, lined face have mesmerized him for most of his life. Last year, he created a portrait of Lincoln, which will hang at Ford’s Theatre from May 6, 2014, to May 6, 2015.

Brezinka created the four-by-five-foot collage portrait with historical pieces from the American Civil War time period. In Lincoln’s eyebrow, beard, and bow tie are various tintype photographs. A Rochester Express newspaper from January 6, 1863, and an 1862 page from Harper’s Weekly were used to make one of the white stripes of the flag. Several photos of slaves were employed in the constructing of Lincoln’s ear and the shadows around his eye and right cheekbone. A photograph of slaves picking cotton on a plantation is fastened to the lower-left portion of his jacket. In typical Brezinka style, it all comes together to give the viewer a profound look into a man who changed history.

To see more of Wayne Brezinka’s art, please visit www.brezinkadesign.com. To learn more about Ford’s Theatre, visit www.fordstheatre.org. See Brezinka’s work at O’More College of Design in October.

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