Votive Offering: Dionysus

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The photo above is a recent sculpture that I finished entitled: Votive Offering: Dionysus.  It is about 30cm tall is made with a variety of materials: bronze, lead, silver, gold and sapphire.

The young man offers gifts, including a wreath, feather and a bunch of grapes.

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Available work from Michael LaConte Gallery

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Allegory: Persephone, oil on linen, 70cm x 100cm

For those not able to come see my work at Michael LaConte Gallery in Chicago, it is now available online as well via 1st Dibs.  It is a great site dedicated to art collectors.  The images shown are currently at the gallery and here.

I wrote a blog post about ‘Allegory: Persephone’ that can be found here.

 

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View of a portion of my show in the gallery
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The Trickster, oil on linen, 70cm x 90cm. Awarded 1st place at the Oak Park Art League’s Artist Member’s show.

To learn more about the above picture The Trickster click here.

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Hidden Gift, oil on linen, 30cm x 50cm
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Metamorphosis, oil on linen, 30cm x 40cm

I wrote a post about the above painting that can be found here.

 

Concordia

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Concordia, bronze, copper, lead, and alabaster, 35cm(h) x 15cm(w) x 20cm(d)

Above is a recent bust that I have finished titled “Concordia.”  It is bronze with copper inlay lips and eyes of alabaster with lead irises.  I modeled the bust in clay and retouched the wax and then completed all the chasing and finishing in bronze.

My choice of subject is inspired by the Roman deity Concordia.  She is symbolic of social concord and representative of the Greek idea of Homonia.  The visual expression of concepts fascinates me.  In addition to being judged by our physical appearance our actions condition how we are percieved.   Daily choices, usually guided by a personal ethical code, determine our public persona.  Ideally we are living personifications of value systems we choose to follow.  Concordia is an exploration of this idea.

Inside the statue I glued a series of notes that I collected from the Badia in Florence.   They come from the New Testament and promote harmony and peace.  This added level of meaning reinforces the formal aspects of the sculpture.

 

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Dry fitting the eyes

 

Venus Pluvia at the Oak Park Art League

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Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)

My sculpture Venus Pluvia, shown above, will be participating in the Oak Park Art League’s ‘Skin Deep Figurative Exhibit’ that opens this Friday, January 8th.  For more info the link is here.

Equos and L’Hiver, A Couple of Recent Bronzes

Equos, bronze and Belgian marble, 14"(h)
Equos, bronze and Belgian marble, 14″(h)

I have recently completed a couple of small bronzes.  Equos was modeled from my imagination using other equestrian statues as references.  Luckily, Florence is full of them.  In addition, I studied the horses for the carriage rides in Piazza Signoria.  It is my first amimal scupture and was completed during my bronze statuary class of 2014.  I am definitely looking to creating more.    Equos will be an edition of 10.  Each piece is an original as I finish each bronze myself.

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Equos

The second bronze is of L’Hiver or Winter.  She was created from my imagination.  L’Hiver will also be an edition of 10, each retouched and finished by my hand.

L'Hiver, bronze and Belgian marble, 8"(w)
L’Hiver, bronze and Belgian marble, 8″(w)
L'Hiver, terracotta
L’Hiver, terracotta

Various Competitions, Figurativas ’15 and the 82nd Annual NSS show

La Tramontana, oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm
Boreas, oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm

I enter my work into competitions quite regularly.  The painting shown above has been selected to participate in the second round of judging of the Figurativas ’15 in Barcelona, Spain.  The picture is to be sent off this week.

Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)
Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)

My sculpture Venus Pluvia has been selected to participate in the 82nd Annual National Sculpture Society show at Brookgreen Gardens in SC.  The show opens in August. In recent history, the painting below passed the first round of judging of the BP awards only to be rejected in the second.

James Jones, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm.  A recent head I did during the portrait course I taught this summer in Florence
Leaving Hereford, A Portrait of James Jones, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm.

Art Renewal Center Salon 2014-2015

Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)
Venus Pluvia, terracotta and pietra leccese, 45cm(h)

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.

Inheritance: A Portrait of Amore, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm
Inheritance: A Portrait of Amore, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm

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