The Artist's Vision

Renate Druks is a painter who creates stylized life forms that manage to capture on canvas the caricatured essence of men and women who pose as her subjects.  Like D.H. Lawrence before her, she manifests an uncanny understanding of all sentient life and assembles fantastic amalgamations of women and animals eerily metamorphosed into complementary figures.

Renate Druks' Romantic Realism paintings, however marginally related to the psychedelic influences in the arts at the time, became very popular during the 1960's and 1970's for album covers, movie posters, book covers and magazines.

Collector Herbert Cobey, formerly a Director of the Brooklyn Museum, had this to say about Renate Druk's work:  "Renate Druks, in my opinion, in certain particular ways, is the finest artist in the United States today and one of the best in the world."  

Arthur Miller said this of her work:  "Real imagination, good drawing and personal technique."

Anais Nin effused: "In the paintings of Renate Druks, one can contemplate what happens when the imagination is allowed to run free.  She is painting the whole mythology of woman in relation to the animal both wild and domestic.  Look at the paintings of Renate Druks. Enter her world of women, animals, trees, rocks, oceans and mountains never seen before.  It is her dream in which we can participate with all our senses.  Emerging from it we can say to ourselves: We have seen the Beauty and the Beast and the Beast was beautiful too.  The true meaning of Romantic Realism is the painting which reveals the romanticism which lies around  us in our reality."

Untitled, undated works in various media, from one of the artist's notebooks (not available for sale):