Opening reception Friday, November 1, 6 - 8:30 pm
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Connecticut-based realist painter Vincent Giarrano returns for his annual show
at Susan Powell Fine Art with scenes of contemporary women and life in New York City. Twenty-eight paintings will be on view.
This latest body of work melds the artist’s interest in fashion, Soho’s classic architecture and New York City’s vibrant energy. Vincent paints women candidly in unique moments that make you stop and look. Those quiet, interior moments when it feels like no one is looking, shine in Vincent Giarrano’s works. It’s these personal moments in the daily lives of women as they make their way through urban environments that fascinates Vincent. “I like how people are different when alone or in their own thoughts, and in a way, more their true self.” Giarrano’s works aren’t simply snapshots. He takes pleasure in the process of composition. “I spend quite a bit of time planning and composing before starting the painting,” he explained. “I choose people that interest me and then I think and write about why that is or what activities relate to them. The composition for the piece is also a big consideration; that has to be right or there’s no sense in picking up a brush.
“For me, painting is essentially a way of celebrating life. I marvel at the beauty I see in life and capturing the feeling of that is my way of sharing. My favorite thing to have in my work is a combination of classic and contemporary elements. For example, the architecture in my painting is often classical yet it has graffiti or new construction within it. The figures’ pose can
also seem timeless, yet their dress is very current. I’m rooted in the great tradition of painting life, yet I also work with a contemporary sensibility. My work is very much about the human experience, so figures are in most of my pieces.”
Giarrano, a native of Buffalo, has an impressive resume that includes a BFA from The State University of New York, Buffalo, a MFA from Syracuse University, and teaching experience in Connecticut. He’s been in numerous group shows and had solo shows in NYC’s Soho as well as Connecticut.