For Dennis Wojtkiewicz, who creates hyper-real paintings of cross-sectioned fruit, finding his niche was a slog, until he set about carving up lemons.
“The sun was out and the light happened to pass through the flesh,” he says. “It was a revelation.
The form came to life.”To capture the moment, he turned to his idols for influence: “Bonnard for his use of colour as energy, Vermeer for his use of light and the sense of timelessness in his paintings and Jan van Eyck for his exquisite craft.”
Beyond the pictures themselves, in which grapefruits resemble luminous stained-glass windows, Wojtkiewicz plots themes of spirituality, sexuality and reproduction. Then again, as he is quick to add: “To some, a watermelon is just a watermelon.”