Yerka, who some might label Surrealist, but I think of as a magic realist, primarily creates landscapes — of a sort. They are landscapes in which Yerka has reached down the throat of reality an yanked it inside out, toes to head and back to front.
His playful and fantastic rearrangements of the physical world have the wonderful ability to rearrange our perception of the relationship between objects, the role of ground and sky, land and sea, animate and inanimate, causing that sublime shift that reveals the ordinary as new.
Unlike the early 20th Century Surrealists, whose paintings often pushed out at you, pugilistically inserting their dream state delerium into your conscious space, Yerka’s paintings invite you in, offering intriguing paths into the strange and wonderful.
I think The Fantastic Art of Jacek Yerka: A Portfolio of 21 Paintings is out of print, but you can find copies from other sellers on Amazon.
Mind Fields: The Art of Jacek Yerka : The Fiction of Harlan Ellison, matching Yerks’a work with Ellison’s stories, is in print and available.
Yerka starts his pieces with a pencil sketch, develops the color ideas in crayons, sometimes carries them to a more developed state in pastels and works his finished paintings in acrylic, ideal for his sharply delineated and often highly detailed work.