Jim Moriarty, past president of the Surfrider Foundation said “Wade Koniakowsky’s focus is capturing Polynesian dreamscapes and the related emotional tie we have with far away lands. His vibe intersects with those same emotions–unspoiled, nirvana-esque landscapes, islander portraits, and ephemeral visions that make you want to sell it all and travel”. Surfer Magazine described my paintings as “dreamlike point breaks in Polynesian paradise.”
The above comments were made in reference to a series I started a decade ago called “Dreamscapes”. As many of you know, in my art I approach a variety of subjects. I paint California landscapes, inspired by my love of “Early California” art. I paint surfboards, something I’ve done since I made boards in my garage beginning in the late 60’s. I paint figurative art - “Islander portraits”. And wherever I travel, I paint: the Gulf coast of Texas, where I grew up. The Colorado mountains, where my father-in-law owns a home. Kauai, where I travel each year to paint. Costa Rica, where my daughter and her family live. And I paint waves, most recently, a series called “Moving Water”.
Dreamscapes, however, is a theme I always come back to. One unique thing about them is that they are the only subject I can paint with no reference, either photographic or plein air. The dreamscapes come almost entirely “out of my head”. (Thus the name). If you surfed when you were in high school, you likely did Dreamscapes on notebook paper when you were bored in class and couldn’t wait to get to the beach when school was out. And, like me, these visions poured right out of your mind.
We’ve just come out with a small book of the best of the Dreamscapes series. It’s only 6x6”, which makes it affordable. It’s printed own high quality “stay-flat”- heavy coated stock.
The production values are quite nice. If you’ve thought about buying a Dreamscape painting for your home, the book is full of ideas: color, format, composition, etc. It’s also a nice thing to have on the coffee table or in your office so that you or your guests can take a momentary vacation to some exotic place, trek through the jungle, peel away the palm fronds and witness the empty perfection of a tropical point break.