Rick Buttari, Water Ice Factory, 10 X 14 inches, Oil on Linen
Rick Buttari will be showing new paintings for the month of September and F.A.N. Gallery.
We got the chance to ask him a few questions about his work.
Rick Buttari, Beach Scene With Orange And Yellow, 6 X 20, Oil on Linen
KM: What is your first creative memory?
RB: I remember seeing photos of celebrities in magazines and wondering if I could draw them, or more specifically, what about that flat image on the page translated to a three-dimensional living thing when you transferred it to a sheet of paper. I remember taking tracing paper and tracing the outline of a picture from McCall’s magazine, something my mother subscribed to. It looked crude and mechanical but something made me want to try it again and figure out what kind of marks on the paper would make it seem like that person. Then I started to draw pictures from my own Sport magazine, baseball and football players. Somewhere on a sheet of paper inside a scrapbook I have a drawing of Sandy Koufax, probably the first freehand drawing I made. I guess I was about 10 or 11.
Rick Buttari, Gawkers, 10 1/2 X 10 inches, Graphite on Paper
KM: How do you choose your subject matter?
RB: I don’t know if I choose subject matter as much as choose a sense of situation that feels right. I’ve noticed, and been told, that a lot of my work has kind of an objective distance from the subject, like I’m sitting far away and observing, not part of the scene.
Rick Buttari, Shirt Corner, 13 X 20 inches, Oil on Canvas
KM: Your paintings are so realistic and detailed. How do you know when a painting is done?
RB: I was going to say that I listen for the singing of angels to let me know, but that hasn’t worked lately. I work at home upstairs in a very small studio. When the painting’s in progress I bring it downstairs to the living room and lean it against the television cabinet and look at it from further away than I can get in my studio. When I can look at it and take in the whole image in one gulp without my eye wandering restlessly, I assume it’s done.
Rick Buttari, Lighthouse, 13 X 20 inches, Oil on Linen
KM: What inspires your work?
RB: You know, you spend a lot of time looking and thinking. You look at, say, the light that’s hitting the side of a building and you ask yourself if there’s something there for me, something I can make of it that might be a little different than what somebody else would make of it. Or something that seems so important at the time that you can’t NOT paint it.That’s the whole ballgame isn’t it, trying to figure out what it is that you’re trying to figure out.
Nick Weber, Streetlight, 11×14 inches, oil on canvas
F.A.N. Gallery is please to show the paintings of Nick Weber. Nick is an award winning artist and a graduate of Stanford University. He shows in New York and the Hamptons. Nick’s beautifully textured paintings of figures emerging out of shadow are wonderful. His nocturnes depict points of light that faintly illuminate a setting.
Nick Weber, Girl in the Sun, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas
What draws you to painting the figure? Do you like to paint the figure in your own studio or do you like to see the figure in their own environment/home setting?
“I think I keep painting the figure because I am one myself. The impulse to paint is similar to the impulse to touch.”
Nick Weber, NYC Night, 24 x 30 inches,oil on canvas
What is your first creative memory or the first time you connected to something artistic?
“When I was 7 I won the Kellogg’s ‘Stick up for Breakfast’ contest… a nationwide contest where kids drew Snap, Crackle ‘n’ Pop, Tony the Tiger, etc. I won a ten speed bike! Then I became obsessed with drawing baseball and football players: Tony Dorsett, Terry Bradshaw. I just found a few from 30 years ago, they have great rhythm.”
Come by the gallery and check out Nick’s work.
Group Show: New Talent and Gallery Artists
August 3 –31, 2012
Opening Reception August 3rd, 5 to 9 PM
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