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“Vincent Giarrano – New Paintings” at Susan Powell Gallery

The “Vincent Giarrano-New Paintings” exhibition opened October 6, and continues through November 11, 2017 at Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT.  It is his 9th annual solo show at this well know gallery.

Giarrano is a New York City artist with an International reputation for his highly detailed representational images of the many sides of the city.  From graffiti walls to ornamental building facades, and rain reflected streets, he creates penetrating portraits of New York City life.

Figures in interiors as well as street scenes are central to his body of work. In the interior paintings he focuses on capturing the mood and feeling of the room as well as the person within, as seen in “Lauren at the Campbell” (figure 1) where 90 % of the image is the ageing Campbell Apartment lobby before it’s new renovation.   Here the color of the incandescent light shining on dated furniture and empty space sets the mood of waiting and isolation.  He creates a moment in time where you can understand what the figure is feeling much like Edward Hopper.

In his street scenes with figures he captures a vast architectural area that sets the backdrop for the figure as the focal point in the foreground.   “Canal Street”(figure 2) captures the hustle and bustle of this area with its traffic jams, crowds of people, and congested old buildings in amazing detail that makes the viewer feel as though the figure crossing the wet street is walking toward you.

Some of the newer paintings focus on the architecture of the city.  Among these pieces are storefronts and restaurants in Chinatown.  Giarrano found these so interesting he eliminated the figures altogether and created these as portraits of the buildings.  He captures the character of each building with the incredible detail for which he is known – a myriad of textures and surfaces of peeling paint, and cracking cement.   Painted brick and iron railings work in harmony and provide a unique sense of place as seen in “Canal Rubber.”

Susan Powell, owner of the gallery states, “Giarrano’s masterly paint application is interesting in its variety; thick paint, thin paint, parts with strong texture and areas of atmospheric translucency.

The gallery’s “Annual Holiday Show” opens November 17, 2017 – January 27, 2018 with an opening reception on Friday evening November 17, from 5-8 p.m.

The Holiday show features a versatile selection of landscapes, marine art, still life, floral, figurative and abstract paintings.  This exhibition will feature over 50 artists from around the country.

Voted “Best Gallery to Buy Art” by the Shoreline Times, Best of Readers Poll, Susan Powell Fine Art has been the area’s premier art gallery for 15 years.  Located in picturesque downtown Madison, at 679 Boston Post Road.  The gallery has over 30 years experience in creating and building private collections and specializes in art for all budgets.

For more information visit www.susanpowellfineart.com.

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