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I have 5 paintings in the ASTA annual show at the Open Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona.  The show opens tomorrow October 8th and the opening reception on the 11th.  It closes November 10th.   Please stop by if you are in the area.  More information about the show and gallery can be found here.  The above painting is titled Allegory: Persephone.  I already did a post about it here.

The Mandolin Player, oil on linen, 70cm x 90cm

There is an underlying irony with Mandolin Player.  It comments upon appearance and reality. The young man is not actually holding the instrument properly.  The crack in the body next to the neck also renders the mandolin inoperative.  The latin phrase written on the frame explains the idea: “Imago Virtutis Simulacrum Veristatis”  Roughly translated it means: appearance is more appreciated than the truth.  The fact that paintings are all silent adds to the irony as well.

Mattia, oil on linen, 50cm x 60xm

Mattia was a painter/film directer that I met in Florence.  More about this work is explained in another post that you can find here.

Apulian Girl, oil on linen, 40cm x 50cm

This is not the first show for the Apulian Girl  She has participated in a group show at the Vose Gallery in Boston and Laumeister Fine Art Competition at the Bennington in Vermont.  The title refers an region of Italy: Puglia.  The girl, Elisa, was from the city of Lecce.

Italian Fruit, oil on linen, 16″ x 22″

The Italian fruit in this painting are persimmons.  I talk about this work in another post that can be found here.

To learn more about the ASTA, please visit their site here.