This painting is of a once-famous attraction in Hamburg, New Jersey, called Gingerbread Castle.  Built in 1928, the Gingerbread Castle and the surrounding grounds were a true homage to children's literature, including actors playing Hansel and Gretel. Winding paths on the property would take visitors past large sculptures of such beloved characters as Humpty Dumpty, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.  Though most of the castle's décor was whimsical, in true Brothers Grimm fashion, there were also ugly gnomes, trolls, witches and a frightening "cauldron of death."  The Gingerbread Castle eventually closed down in 2007.  Abandoned, it has fallen into disarray and ruin.

The piece is painted on watercolor paper mounted on cradled birch plywood.  

- Robert Holewinski

Gingerbread Castle Ruins

Oil painting on 140 lb watercolor paper mounted on cradled birch plywood

Signed on front

17" h x 23" w x 1" d
9 lbs. 0 oz.



Robert Holewinski
Charlottesville, Virginia

Getting to Know Robert

Robert Holewinski paints realistic places with his own spin, and also throws in some fictional characters like Shrek. He currently lives in Florida and finds inspiration in the work of artists like Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne. In his work, and that of others, he enjoys being able to see each brush stroke.