Vincent Smarkusz

Undiscovered American Genius in Modern Art

"Eden Frolic" Dreamscapes 1

Smarkusz leaves abstract Fusionism for the Mythic-realism of his "Eden Frolic"

Upon returning to Boston from Jerusalem in 1961, Smarkusz changed his painting style away from the surreal and abstract imagery of Fusionism - never to return to it ever again.  Instead, he focused on a new style of scenery which captured the bright human nature and mystique he longed to express.
Fabulist Magic-realism in literature and the visual arts was on the rise in America when Smarkusz began creating his own unique contribution we call "Eden Frolic" Mythic-realism.  He chose to adapt the Old Testament theme of The Garden of Eden, and other myths, to resonate with the 1960s New Age quest for a more natural and sensual spirituality. Vincent began calling his dreamscape visions of a New Eden on Earth "A Garden of Earthly Pleasure".
Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them live in peace with the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and the cattle, and all the wild animals of the earth, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."
Male and female God created them, blessed them, and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth".