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VI. Legacy Lore

Fishing Is Lousy in the Other World

The Hour of the Wolf(Man) Art Opening, Step Up Gallery, Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos, NM, 2023,

Fishing Is Lousy in the Other World

Acrylic on masonitte, hand-framed

38"x26"

MY EARLIEST INFLUENCE was my father, Joseph Andryc, who was a florist by trade and an avid fisherman and storyteller. He shared with me his deep appreciation of artists, writers, and Native American history. My first introduction to art was in the Catholic church where, as a child, I was awe-stricken with its iconography and rituals.

  I often refer to my Polish ancestry in my artwork. One of my longest running series, “Selling My Own Grandmother,” features one of my Polish grandmothers, Anna Andryc. She serves as an archetype, the Baba Yaga in world cultures, a symbol of the strength, inherent power, and imagination of the Immigrant–American experience. I was fortunate to have a solo exhibition by that title at the American Center for Polish Culture in Washington, DC, in 1997. Her adventures – and misadventures – continue to touch upon the best and worst in the human condition. I am hopeful that her antics will bring joy and healing to a world seemingly gone awry.   -Michael Andryc

Grandma Anna Andryc
(187​6? - 1966)​

Proto-Slavic, Slavic, Bird-Gathering, Yugoslavia, Old Country, Wolf at the Door, Drunk Birds, Crows, Legacies

Proto-Slavic
Bird-Gathering Ritual

Acrylic on masonite, framed

24"x30"

SOLD

Father, Fishing, Trout, Factory, Cigar, Legacies, Archetype

My Father Fishing for Trout 

in a Factory Town

Acrylic on canvas, 3 panels

62"x60"

NFS

Mother, Cooking, Puffy, Ghosts, Fish, Fish Skeletons, Kitchen, Legacies, Archetype

Cooking for Puffy's Ghost

Acrylic on canvas

37"x29"

SOLD

 

Grandmother, Big Eyes, Margaret Keane, Gypsy, Tribal Ritual, Past Civilizations, Old Country, Poland, Legacy, Lore

My Grandmother with Big Eyes 

(With Apologies to 

Margaret Keane)

Acrylic on canvas, gallery wrapped

16"x20"

Grandmother, Death, Transition, Angel, Storm, Afterlife, Home, Legacies

Say Goodby to Grandma

Acrylic on paper, custom framed

36"x28.5"

Grandma, Grandmother, Babka, Information Superhighway, Computers, STEM, Technology, AI, Demons, Candlelight, Moonlight

Grandma and the Village 
(A Tribute to Chagall)

Acrylic on canvas, gallery wrapped

24"x20"

Babka, Bread, Babka Bread, Self-Portrait, Poland, Wonder Bread, Tribute, Legacies

Self-Portrait on Babka Bread

Acrylic on gessoed Wonder Bread, framed

10"x10"

Sacred, Heart, Sacred Heart, Grandma, Sunflowers, Old Country, Poland, Blessing, Tribute, Archetype, Legacies, Acrylic on Gourd

God Bless the Sacred Heart 

of Grandma

Acrylic on gourd 

on repurposed eucaliptis wreath

12"x8"x6"

SOLD

Babka, Bread, Babka Bread, Grandmother, Poland, Wonder Bread, Tribute, Legacies

Babka Bread

Acrylic on gessoed Wonder Bread, framed

10"x10"

Custer, Gen. George Armstrong Custer, Grandmother, Rolling Pin, Satire, Social Commentary, American History

My Grandmother Berating 

General George Armstrong Custer

Acrylic on wood

30"x24"

Dutch Masters, Smoking, Cigars, Grandmother, Smoking Bar, Social Commentary, Parody, Legacies

My Grandmother Trying 

to Convince the Dutch Masters that Smoking Is Bad 

for their Health 

(After Rembrandt)

Acrylic on wood

14"x28.5"

Modigliani, Grandmother,Portrait, Pierogies, Pierogi, Tribute, Homage, Parody, Archetype, Legacies

Modigliani Painting a Picture 
of My Grandmother 
with a Plate of Pierogies

Acrylic on canvas, gallery wrapped

36"x24"

Michael Andryc, Grandmother, Whistler's Mother, Whistler, Grey, Archetype, Parody, Legacies, Anthony Mill, Rhode Island

Andryc's Grandmother 

(After Whistler)

Acrylic on canvas, gallery wrapped

18"x24"

Immigrant, Poland, Old Country, New World, Discovering America, Indigenous Peoples, Legacies

My Grandmother Discovering America (It Was New to Her)

Acrylic on masonite custom framed

24"x18"

Michael Andryc, Grandmother, Tribute, Archetype, Legacies

Andryc's Grandmother

Acrylic on paper, custom framed

8"x8"

SOLD

Grandmother, Big Eyes, Margaret Keane, Gypsy, Tribal Ritual, Past Civilizations, Old Country, Poland, Legacy, Lore

Grandma and the Ravens

Colored pencil on paper, unframed

11"x14.5"

Grandmother, Death, Transition, Angel, Storm, Afterlife, Home, Legacies

My Grandmother at Taos Pueblo

Colored pencil on paper, framed

11"x14.5"

Grandma, Grandmother, Babka, Information Superhighway, Computers, STEM, Technology, AI, Demons, Candlelight, Moonlight

My Grandmother, Appalled

Colored pencil on paper, unframed

11"x14.5"

Grandmother, Archetype, Tribute, Biblical Allusion, Walking on Water, Anthony Mill, Rhode Island, Legacies

My Grandmother 

Walking on Water

Acrylic on paper,  framed

15"x11"

Apparition, Chagall, Angel Babka, Boston Terrier, Art Hound, Muse, Man's Best Friend, Rebirth, Legacies

The Apparition 

(Angel Babka Restoring Life 

to My Friend and Companion, Precious, the Boston Terrier)

- After Chagall

Acrylic on canvas, gallery wrapped

24"x30"

SOLD

Angel Babka, Guardian Angel, Grandmother, Studio Fire, Salvation, Legacies

Angel Babka 

Holding Back the Flames

Acrylic on paper, unframed

11"x14"

SOLD

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