Still Life With Jack Ceglic

    Those who saw Jack Ceglic’s work at Ille Arts this summer would have been surprised by the most recent projects in his East Hampton studio last month. Although the familiar revealing and colorful portraits of friends and neighbors were well in evidence, hanging on the walls and most available surfaces were compositions expressed in the blackest of charcoal pastel.

    The medium was not that surprising. Mr. Ceglic has worked in monochromatic and black and white drawings before. The real revelation was the subject matter — still lifes of fruits and vegetables, cooked food, and even the remains of meals eaten in his studio.

    The artist said he began carrying food out of his kitchen and into his next-door workspace late last year, still not sure just why he felt compelled to do it. He was inspired by the feelings and smells around food and the question of how to

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