Buster Levi Gallery is pleased to present Travel Inspirations by Vincent Baldassano at 121 Main Street in Cold Spring, New York. The exhibition will run from September 2 through October 2, 2016.  The opening for the show will be on Friday September 2, 2016 from 6-8pm.

The selection of paintings for this exhibition includes work completed during the past four years. They were created in various studios, which Baldassano had set up in Europe, Asia, North Africa and America while he was traveling or in residence as a visiting artist.  The images were inspired by the rich culture of each country, its ancient history and architecture. Ancient civilizations with its pagan worship sites, historical churches and temples dating back to the first century A.D., influenced Baldassano’s experience and visual interpretations.

This exhibition will include larger oil and acrylic paintings and a series of small gouaches and digital prints. While the gouaches reflect the compositional structure of Baldassano’s larger paintings, he allows himself room to experiment and explore different avenues while staying true to his inspirational sources. Thus, compositionally they reflect architectural settings, as does most of Baldassono’s recent work, the gouaches include collage elements and particularly a wide variety of linear experimentation. In the larger acrylic paintings, the linear elements exhibit greater uniformity than is evident in the gouaches. For example, lines may appear to be dripped, drawn with a dry media or thinly glazed on using weights that could not possible function as a contour. In addition to the linear experimentations, Baldassano’s gouaches also include a rich of paint array of paint application and concern for the surface of the paper that include dry chalk like textures and milky glazes that resemble encaustic.

Vincent Baldassano, a graduate of Wagner College, Staten Island, NY with Master of Fine Arts, in Painting & Drawing from the University of Oregon, has taught painting at universities, colleges and professional art schools throughout the US. 

His work has been show in over 150 exhibitions, including the American Academy in Rome, The National Academy Museum School, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Butler Museum of American Art, and the Aldrich and Stamford Museums in Connecticut. In the past year Mr. Baldassano has had one-person shows at Caladra Instiute, Queens College, and Middlesex Community College and at Casa Das Artes, Tavira, Portugal, where he was an Artist in Residence.

He is currently Professor of Art at Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT and on the faculties of Western Connecticut State University, and The National Academy of Design. 

Buster Levi Gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 12-6 pm. 
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