“I paint the land, the sea and the people on it, trying to capture the essence of it all. Most are painted plein air. Sometimes I will make minor touch ups in the studio or create a larger version but for the most part the plein air paintings are best left alone. They have a vitality that is very easy to destroy.” View and purchase Fred’s work here.
Currently residing in Colorado but making frequent return trips to New Mexico and back East, Hubicki continues to express his wonder of nature, and his love of the expressive qualities of paint, on canvas. Hubicki’s scope is extended in his genre paintings of farmer markets and auctions in which he also instills a decorative quality. Working in oil and influenced by the Ashcan School of painters, Bellows in particular, Hubicki employs a subtle use of color and light to emotionally connect with the viewer.
Frederick Hubicki began painting at the early age of twelve studying watercolor and oil painting at the Troy, NY Historical Society on saturday mornings. Hubicki continued his art studies through high school and upon graduating headed straight to New York City and art studies at the School of Visual Arts and New York University. Mr. Hubicki is a 1962 graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. At SVA Hubicki studied design and painting with, among others, Burn Hogarth, George Ortman and Alice Neel. For twenty years Hubicki painted, as well as practiced commercial art, in New York City working at various times as either a graphic designer, illustrator, art director or creative director for publishers, record companies and advertising agencies.
In New York Hubicki painted abstracts, participated in group shows and had a one man show at the Lynn Knothler Galleries in 1967. During this period his work was influenced by the abstract expressionist as well as Matisse. Hubicki’s work is in many private collections as well as among the collections of companies such as the Gruen Watch Corporation, the A&P Corporation, Leisurecraft Industries, and YKK?Zippers USA Inc. Hubicki also lived and painted in Vermont for many years showing at various local galleries and participating in the Vermont Visual Artist programs of 1989 and 1990 at the Vermont Studio School & Colony. During this period Hubicki painted in oil and began to devote more time to landscapes and genre paintings of farmers markets and country auctions.
From 1991 until ’96 Hubicki lived in Santa Fe, NM and climbed around the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains painting the New Mexico landscape. His work was shown at the Estes Design International Gallery in Santa Fe and at the Gold Hills Gallery in Madrid. 1996 and ’97 found Hubicki in Maine painting seascapes in oil much in the manner of Homer, Bellows and Henri. He also continued his Genre painting.
2011 finds Hubicki living in Salida, Colorado and painting scenes of the Arkansas River and the Rocky Mountains. Hubicki is a member of the Art of the Rockies Association; the Arkansas Vallery Art Association, the Salida Art Guild, Chaffee County Artworks and on the Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival Board. His work can be seen at the Ouray Gallery in Taos,NM; the Crestone Artisan’s Gallery in Crestone,CO; the Mirage Trading Company in Moffat,CO and at his studio in Salida,CO.