I will be offering afternoon weekend figure drawing and painting in my north light studio in Florence, Italy starting in December. Poses will last a month. There will be the maximum of 6 places. Monthly and per session rates available. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact me via email or the contact form below.
The Michael LaConte Gallery is wonderful, cultivated venue for contemporary art in Chicago. He is my representative in the midwest and deals regularly with national and international clients. A portion of my works are available to review online via the respected dealer website: 1st Dibs. The link can be found here.
For those in the Chicagoland area the gallery is open via appointment and located at 1819 West Grand Avenue, Chicago 60622. The phone number is 773 865 4788.
My painting shown above won the Best Overall Oil award in the recent December, 2015/January, 2016 bimonthly PleinAir Salon competition. The judge was Gary Haynes, the owner of Haynes Galleries of Fine Art in Nashville, TN and Thomaston, ME. The picture is currently available at the Michael LaConte Gallery in Chicago.
The introduction of photography profoundly changed how we perceive images in general. A homogeneous focus over the whole picture plane, visual distortions and haphazard compositions are only part of the problem. A photograph mechanically isolates a moment in time. It is inherently tied to our experience of Time as is the moving photo, i.e. cinema. The psychological impact has been enormous.
The strength of painting is based on a symbolic power of the image that is not limited to linear narrative. Every element of a picture gains significance when the formal elements of design: line, color, value and subject, come together for a common purpose. That aim is expressing something of the eternal in relation to the subject.
This painting depicts Persephone, the goddess of the spring. She was the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, and Zeus. Her eventual abduction and marriage to Hades made her also the queen of the Dead. For those not familiar with her myth, more can be found here.
Persephone is shown bridging the two worlds of light and dark. She offers a sprig of grain to the living world with a setting sun as leans towards the nether regions of Hades. Her weight is sustained by a ruined bust of Demeter, a symbol of the mother’s grief as the goddess of spring reigns in the underworld. It was Demeter’s entreaties to Zeus that led to the intervention that resulted in the eventual agreement of dividing Persephone’s time between the realm of the living and the dead. The result was the creation of the 4 seasons.
Her story is more a right of passage than a tragedy. In antiquity, Persephone was the a divine representation of the terrestial bride. The numerous votive offerings found in temples to attest to this. Above is a famous Pinax from Locri depicting the groom Hades with his bride.
The hope is that this painting can be enjoyed and ‘read’ on many different levels. A lot of work, effort and emotion was put into creating a piece that it is rich enough to survive the test of time and enjoyed in the future.
Great painting strives to represent the ‘eternal’ by removing temporal restraints of traditional narrative in order to touch the divine.
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.
To learn more about the above picture The Trickster click here.
I wrote a post about the above painting that can be found here.
In a little over a week my show at the Michael LaConte Gallery will open on September 25th. A link to the announcement can be found here. It will focus on my paintings in oil and watercolor including both figurative work and landscape. Some of the works have been shown before and even have received awards.
The painting above ‘The Trickster’ won a first place from the Oak Park Art League. To learn more the link is here.
‘Apulian Girl’ has been selected several times to participate in the Laumeister Art Competition hosted at the Bennington Art Center. A link for posts about this post the link is here.
‘Allegory: Persephone’ was a selected a finalist in the American Society of Traditional Artist’s 2012 Salon. A link to a post about this painting can be found here.
‘The Slavic Girl’ received and Honorable Mention from OPAL and was selected a finalist for the ACOPAL Competion. To learn more click here.
The next post will share the landscape and watercolor work.
Here are some photos of a recent sculpture. The title is Venus Pluvia. That is latin for Venus of the Rain. Venus exiting from her bath covers herself from the rain. This is the terracotta model that I have mounted on a base of pietra leccese: a sand stone from the Puglia region of Italy. I will soon be starting work on the bronze version. Let me know if you would be interested in one of the limited edition.
This past year has been a transitional one for me in many ways. There has also been a change within the professional sphere. The gallery representing my work in the Southeastern United States: M Gallery of Fine Art was acquired by Principle Gallery of Alexandria, VA.
I look forward to working with Michele, Carrie and Thomas in sharing my vision of art and artwork. The images in this post are of the bronzes that they have in the gallery.