Reproducing the Old Masters is an exhibition of works of an ongoing project by Brandon-based artist Jan Brancewicz. The project explores Brancewicz’s attempts to reproduce a series of Old Masters paintings, from Gauguin to Van Gogh, and Modigliani to da Vinci. For over a decade, Brancewicz has honed his artistic skills and painting techniques to render reproductions of well-known European artworks. The resulting pieces show Brancewicz’s commitment and dedication to learning the techniques of the artists who have inspired him the most. Born in Krakow, Poland, he has spent over 30 years at Brandon University as a Professor and has been involved in mentoring many young artists across southwestern Manitoba.
Jan Brancewicz, artist, poet, educator, was born in Krakow, Poland. He immigrated to Canada in 1965. For over 30 years he worked at Brandon University as Adjunct Professor of Publishing Arts with the Department of Native Studies, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, and Art Director for Canadian Journal of Native Studies and Bear Paw Publishers. His paintings are in the public and private collections in Poland, Canada, United States, Japan, Australia, France, Austria, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and many others. For over 20 years he served as a member of the Manitoba Arts Council. This year he celebrates 60 years since his first public exhibition.