Chronicles of a Future Foretold with the Reluctant Immigrant

The Reluctant Immigrant, oil on linen, 60cm x 80cm

The above painting will be participating in a group show that opens this Friday at the 33 Contemporary Gallery in the Zhou Art Center in Chicago.  The Chronicles of a Future Foretold is a Poets & Artists exhibition curated by Samuel Peralta.  The selection of work explores where figurative art intersects with prevalent themes found in science fiction.

For more information about the show the link is here.

To order a copy of the Poets & Artists publication the link is here.

Detail from the Reluctant Immigrant, oil on linen, 60cm x 80cm
Detail from the Reluctant Immigrant, oil on linen, 60cm x 80cm

Fresco Painting Courses in Florence

 

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Self Portrait of Giovanni di San Giovanni, fresco painting on support, Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

 

I will be organizing ongoing fresco painting courses and private lessons in Florence, Italy.  Students will learn about one of the most durable mediums for painting: fresco.  The full process will be explored including: the preparation of the support, colors and cartoon. Taking advantage of the unique abundance of fresco painting in Florence, site visits to various chapels, churches and museums will enlighten the student to the aesthetic possibilities offered by this wonderful medium.

Please email me for more information or fill out the contact form below:

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Work Available at Michael LaConte Gallery

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Three Goddesses, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

I have a variety of works available at the Michael LaConte Gallery via 1st Dibs.  There are drawings, paintings and sculptures.  Please follow the link here to see more.  Both above and below are a selection of the pieces.

Enrico
Boreas, oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm
lisianthus
Lisanthus and Holly, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

 

Merry Christmas!

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I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Here are some images from a life size nativity scene that I created for the church of Sant’ Ambrogio from awhile back.  The post about that wonderful project can be found here.

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Front view of Sant’ Ambrogio presepe
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Side view of presepe
4 presepe copy
Detail of the Madonna

Observed Anatomy

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Figure study, graphite on paper, 50cm x 70cm

Several times a year, I have the pleasure to teach figure drawing and artistic anatomy to the beginning and intermediate students at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy.

A competent knowledge of human anatomy is fundamental for successfully incorporating the figure into one’s work.  My personal approach to teaching this is simultaneously develop observation skills while familiarize the to student with underlying structure through the creation of graphic overlays.

The class begins with a drawing is created over a series of sessions from a model.  Once the drawings are at a certain level overlays of the skeleton and muscle groups are created.  In addition to the model, a skeleton and Paul Richer’s Artistic Anatomy aid the  student in the development of work.

The images above and below are the examples I created during the class.

 

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Overlay of the skeleton, graphite on tracing paper, 50cm x 70cm

 

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Overlay of the major muscle groups, colored pencil and chalk on tracing paper, 50cm x 70cm 

 

 

 

New Works Available at Michael LaConte Gallery

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Three Goddesses, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

I have some new works available at the Michael LaConte Gallery in Chicago.  They include a couple of still life paintings and plein air landscape sketches.  To learn more follow the link here.

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Sunset over Sapri, oil on linen mounted on board, 20cm x 30cm

 

 

A Memory of A Dream Incarnate

 

Here is a better video walk through of my show a the Oak Park Public Library this summer.  It is posted from my YouTube channel.  In addition to several interviews I have been collecting art related videos that are quite interesting.  Please check it out here.

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