The Gallery 4 presents
"Once Again Calm" surreal minimalist landscapes
by Thomas Frontini
"Once Again Calm" opens Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 and runs through Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and cocktails provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .
The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome Thomas Frontini. Born in Kingston, Ontario in 1967; his father from Fauligia, Italy and his mother from London, England moved to Canada in the early 60's. Thomas currently lives and works at his studio in Cleveland, Ohio where he earned an B.F.A. in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of art and an M.F.A in Painting from from Ohio State University, after attending The Institute for Art and Restoration in Florence, Italy. A thoroughly international spirit, Thomas has had hundreds of professional, teaching, museum and gallery curation and conservation, and solo and group exhibition experiences throughout the country and all over the world. An impressive resume, expected from a talented, critically lauded, and accomplished virtuoso.
That said, The Gallery 4 is so proud to receive Frontini in exhibiting in Pittsburgh for the first time! Since 1990, Thomas has been displaying his work in contemporary art venues. From then to present, he's covered themes ranging from painting elemental spheres and shapes, rockets, figures and animals amid mythological and biblical narrative landscapes, stoic portraits of birds and children, figurative sculptures and carvings - the list continues and themes overlap. With his skill in portraying subtleties in both line and gesture, his ability to present a complicated story with limited yet vivid characters, and his expert and effervescent use of colors - one might think as time moves forward that Frontini's work might become excessively elaborate, the canvas space occupied with the intricate details of labrythine fable.
But Thomas exercises a refined and matured sense of temperance.
With "Once Again Calm", Frontini offers the viewer with a softened, austere and fully modern vision. Here, in place of emotive figures and a fabulous animals, we see a distant wind turbine, a small factory outbuilding, a gestural bit of architecture set amid a serene and spartan landscape; accompanied often with only a single tree or lone blossom. Though sparse, the landscapes are far from cold or harsh, they do however hint at a world emptied by some catastrophe. The ephemeral oil colors, like the warm nacre of a seashell or the late blush of a beach sunrise, steep the panorama in an elegant, dreamlike quality. The viewer is given a quiet place to reflect on the somber features of this secluded dreamscape.
Thomas, on the works:
" I create paintings by combining Surrealist tendencies and vibrant atmospheres.
My art tends to reference a future where trees and animals are few and far between as they cling to floating or land-bound rock islands set against distant horizons. Despite their plight, the nature referenced show an unshakable strength built upon a glimmer of hope that finding a safe and more forgiving resting place is always and forever a possibility. I tend to draw a lot of my material from current issues that we face as a species, and capture the post-apocalyptic future that is the consequence of our decisions today. "
Please, do yourself a favor and visit
to see more of Frontini's beautiful and wide-ranging artworks
Visit here to see a review put forth in the Huffington Post:
And here to see a review regarding Frontini's recent show at Gama Gallery in Istanbul: http://www.thomasfrontini.com/articles/ArticleTranslation1.pdf
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