The sculpture pictured above was selected a finalist for the Art Renewal Center’s 2014-2015 Salon. The link can be found here. My painting Amore was also selected a finalist for the Figurative Category. That link to can be found here. I would like to extend my congratulations to the winners and all the participants.
The images shown are from a recent painting that I completed. The title is Boreas, which is ancient greek for the north wind, or commonly known in Italian as the Tramontana. You can find more about the north wind here. To learn more specifically about Boreas, click here. One of the Anemoi, or wind gods, Boreas brings the cold winter. Enrico, the model, shares many of the characteristics of the north wind. He is dressed in a heavy leather jacket and holding a pipe that just went out.
A constant problem in sharing my oil paintings is the difficulty of taking a decent photographs. My technique, a distinctly 17th century visual approach, uses a lot of translucent glazes and scumbles that the camera simply doesn’t read. To capture some of the subtle halftones I am forced to F stop down to the point where all the darks melt together. As a result my oil paintings therefore are not very ‘photogenic.’ However the purpose of painting is to create unique objects/images that are experienced in person and enrich the viewer over time. The fact that my oil work rejects technological recognition is ultimately part of my purpose. The capability of human vision is much greater than the machines created to emulate them. The quality of art(figurative) should never be measured by the false paragon of photograph. Otherwise we forfeit the stuff of poetry that art is made of.