George Dombek

b. 1944, Paris, AR
Watercolor chose me in 1960. I’ve been stuck there ever since. I don’t want to control it. Watercolor is such a spontaneous reaction between pigment and water. That’s what makes it special.
Against The Wall
Against The Wall

George Dombek is recognized nationally for his mastery of watercolor. Trained as an architect and an artist, Dombek creates elegant minimalist compositions of barn exteriors and interiors, and close-ups of farm implements that are often reoriented into figurative gatherings. Dombek studies the barns, disassembling and reassembling them and capturing the play of light and shadow through the process. Throughout his practice he creates wholly unique structures, blurring the lines between reality and invention. Dombek consistently employs his sense of humor with the mechanical skills of an architect: discarded farm equipment waits eagerly behind the structure, trucks emerge from the bays, and wood and metal sneak away from their nails. Vintage equipment and other objects become elevated to whimsical characters engaged in conversation and play.

George Dombek lives and works at his home/studio outside of Fayetteville, AR. He received a B.Arch in Architecture and an MFA in Painting at the University of Arkansas, and taught architecture and art at universities in Arkansas, Ohio, Florida, Saudi Arabia, and Italy. Over a 40-year career he has generated a body of work included in over 800 corporate and private collections, and many museum collections, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Butler Museum, Youngstown, OH.

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Against The Wall
Against The Wall
Coming Back
Coming Back
 AB I
AB I
Hardeman County Barn
Hardeman County Barn
Williamson County Barn II
Williamson County Barn II
Knight II
Knight II
Fayette County Barn
Fayette County Barn
Grader
Grader
1904
1904
Union County Barns With Signs
Union County Barns With Signs
Union County Barn With Tree
Union County Barn With Tree
Strong Resemblence To Her Mother
Strong Resemblence To Her Mother
He Favors His Dad
He Favors His Dad
Against The Wall
Against The Wall
watercolor on paper, 20x20
2018
Coming Back
Coming Back
watercolor on paper, 20x20
2018
 AB I
AB I
watercolor on paper, 20x20
2018
Hardeman County Barn
Hardeman County Barn
watercolor on paper, 30x60
2018
Williamson County Barn II
Williamson County Barn II
watercolor on paper, 30x30
2017
Knight II
Knight II
watercolor on paper, 30x30
2017
Fayette County Barn
Fayette County Barn
watercolor on paper, 30x30
2017
Grader
Grader
watercolor on paper, 30x30
2017
1904
1904
watercolor on paper, 20x60
2016
Union County Barns With Signs
Union County Barns With Signs
watercolor on paper, 30x30
2016
Union County Barn With Tree
Union County Barn With Tree
watercolor on paper, 20x20
2014
Strong Resemblence To Her Mother
Strong Resemblence To Her Mother
watercolor on paper, 40x40
2005
He Favors His Dad
He Favors His Dad
watercolor on paper, 40x40
2004