The Fantasy Art of Dameon Likowski, 1956-1998

Notre Dame College's Clara Fritzsche Library will host "The Fantasy Art of Dameon Likowski, 1956-1998," a retrospective showing of the work of this talented artist. A native Clevelander, Donald "Dameon" Likowski was self-taught, yet painted with the assurance of one with years of training. Oil was his medium of choice and while this is considered a medium that is difficult to master, his almost instinctive skill in this technique is remarkable. Likowski created his own "cold pressed oil formula" for a pure oil to mix in his paints. He also worked in rapidograph pen and ink and digital formats, designing a series of original tiles for desktop wallpaper that is presently in development:

An avid reader fueled by an active imagination, Likowski was exposed to watercolor, claywork and oils at an early age by summer trips with his mother, brothers and sisters to the Cleveland Museum of Art. All of these things, coupled with much time spent bedridden, became the catalyst for artistic expression. In his all too brief career, Likowski amassed an impressive body of work. His paintings have graced the covers of several albums and one of his works is in the collection of the daughter of Gene Roddenbery of Star Trek fame. Nationally renowned artists Frank Frazetta and Daniel Tennant corresponded regularly with Likowski by letter and telephone. The influence of Frazetta is clear in the paintings entitled "Aguirre 1" and "Wahn," although there is also a delicacy and sense of whimsy in his works that give them distinction. He was encouraged and inspired by their advice to continue his artistic endeavors despite the continuous discomfort and pain he endured. Suffering from cystic fibrosis, Likowski exhibited great determination in completing his vision before his untimely death at the age of 42. Towards the end of his life it would take him months to finish a painting, yet he persevered, leaving a legacy of works of lasting beauty.

Although art was his first love, Likowski was also an accomplished classical pianist. He is survived by his parents and four siblings, all of who are working artists or have artistic abilities. The exhibit will run from September 4th through October 31st. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 4th from 5 to 7 p.m., with music by Brian Henke. The exhibit will be open during library hours (Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.) For more information, contact Karen Zoller at (216) 373-5267.

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