Work Available at Michael LaConte Gallery

3goddesses
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

 

New Works Available at Michael LaConte Gallery

3goddesses
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

 

 

Available Work at the Michael LaConte Gallery

 

 

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Study of Anais, graphite on paper, 50cm x 70cm

 

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.

 

lisianthus
Lisianthus and Holly, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

 

 

Award from the Plein Air Salon

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Allegory: Persephone, oil on linen, 60cm x 100cm. Courtesy of Michael LaConte Gallery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Available work from Michael LaConte Gallery

allegory
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.

Hidden Gift
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.

 

A Couple of Recent Paintings and 2015

flora
Reverence, oil on linen, 50cm x 70cm

It has been a been a good year overall.  Life in general and that of the artist in particular is full of ups and downs.  Reconnecting with my hometown Chicago was a high point with a successful solo show, workshop, lecture and tv interview.  I also began the design and planning stages for a couple of affresco projects in Italy.  My painting Boreas was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition.  My sculpture Venus Pluvia was selected to participate in the National Sculpture Society’s 82nd Annual Award Exhibition.  In addition, I have the privilege to meet some wonderful new people like Matt Baron and Harold Rehs, wife, Julie Carpenter and everyone at the Oak Park Art League.  Continued support for my work from the director of MEAM and Artelibre in Barcelona has also been important.

adriano
Stoic, oil on linen, 50cm x 70cm

I am very grateful for my family and friends.  It was my old friend Michael LaConte who organized my solo show at his very elegant gallery in Chicago.  He has believed in me from the beginning.  So many others, too many to list now, have had a positive impact on life.  I thank them all and most of all my family, nuclear and extended.

The paintings shown are a couple of recent picture that I completed before Christmas.  Wishing everyone all the best for 2016.

Show Opens Tomorrow at the Michael LaConte Gallery Chicago!

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy
Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy

I am really excited about my show at the Michael LaConte Gallery opens tomorrow.  As I promised here are some of my watercolors that will be shown.

Castle at Rosano, Calabria
Castle at Rosano, Calabria
Self portrait, watercolor, 20cm x 30xm
Self portrait, watercolor, 20cm x 30xm

My three large landscapes were delayed my Italian bureaucracy and will unfortunately arrive Monday.

La Gravina, oil on linen, 60cm x 100cm
La Gravina, oil on linen, 60cm x 100cm
San Piero Caveoso, Matera
San Piero Caveoso, Matera

The show looks great.  Please come down and see the paintings in person.  It is a pretty comprehensive show that covers a lot of my work from 2000 until the present.  I will even be showing my angel painting:

Archangel Michael, oil on linen, 90cm x 130cm, 2001
Archangel Michael, oil on linen, 90cm x 130cm, 2001

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