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Broad Street Review: Rick Buttari at F.A.N. Gallery

 Rick Buttari, Shirt Corner, 13 X 20 inches, Oil on Canvas

You can read a nice review of Rick Buttari’s work by Andrew Mangravite  here. Broad Street Review: Rick Buttari at F.A.N. Gallery.

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First Friday Focus: September 2013 :: Arts :: Picks :: Philadelphia City Paper

We love to get a mention in the paper.

First Friday Focus: September 2013 :: Arts :: Picks :: Philadelphia City Paper.

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Interview with Rick Buttari

 Rick Buttari, Water Ice Factory, 10 X 14 inches, Oil on Linen


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


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


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


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


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.

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New Year Group Exhibition

Rick Buttari, "16th Street Biker"11x15 inches

Rick Buttari, “16th Street Biker”11×15 inches

 

New Year Group Exhibition

Paintings, Sculpture and Works on Paper

January 4 – 26, 2013

Opening Reception January 4, 5 to 9 PM

Featuring the work of Neil Berger, Rick Buttari, Claire Haik, Joshua Koffman, Tezh Modarressi, Kate Kern Mundie, Gregory Prestegord, Serge Zhukov

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December 2011

Rick Buttari and Joshua Koffman, December 2011

F.A.N. has a wonderful new exhibit opening in December.
Rick Buttari: New Paintings and Joshua Koffman: Sculpture

There will be a group show on the second floor featuring new work by Jesse J. Gardner, Al Gury, Kate Kern Mundie, Carlo Russo, Serge Zhukov, and introducing new artists Nick Patten, Philip Corey and Olga Nielsen, plus work by many more or FAN’s artists.

December 2nd – 31st, 2011
Opening reception:
Friday, December 2nd, 5-9:00 PM

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-6:00 PM

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F.A.N.’s 19th Year at USArtists American Fine Art Show & Sale

USArtists American Fine Arts Show & Sale

Serge Zhukov, Drawing Class, Right part of diptych. Acrilic, oil on canvas 36×36 inches

Al Gury, Twilight, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

USArtists is the nation’s premier American art event. Many of the country’s
finest art dealers exhibit and sell an extraordinarily rich and diverse collection
of 18th- through 21st-century American art.

This will be F.A.N. Gallery’s 19th year exhibiting at USArtists American Fine Art Show & Sale. Please come and share in a selection of new paintings, sculpture and works on paper by David Bottini, Rick Buttari, Lesa Chittenden Lim, Al Gury, Robert Heilman, Tezh Modarressi, Kate Kern Mundie, Gregory Prestegord, Carlo Russo, Kathleen Weber, Serge Zhukov, and others.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 23-25, 2011

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts | Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Opening Night Preview Gala: Thursday, September 22
New Collectors Night: Friday, September 23

Show Hours:
Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission

PAFA members & children under 12 are free!

General Admission:                                   $15 pp

Seniors & Students with ID:                    $12 pp

Groups of 6 or more:                                 $12 pp
Benefits of Admission:  Receive one full-color show catalog, unlimited entry to USArtists 2011 and one free admission to PAFA valid until October 2012.

Receive a $3 discount on a full price admission ticket when you purchase online.

All proceeds from USArtists directly benefit student scholarships
at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Upcoming Events

Tezh Modaressi: Hard Times, Opening reception May 6, 2011

May 1-29, 2011: Tezh Modaressi

opening reception: Friday, May 6th, 5-9 PM

Kate Kern Mundie

Opening reception for Kate Kern Mundie: New Paintings June 3, 2011

June 1-26, 2011: Kate Kern Mundie

opening reception: Friday, June 3rd, 5-9 PM

July 1-30, 2011: Matt Greenway

opening reception: Friday, July 1st, 5-9 PM

August 5-27, 2011: Group Show

            opening reception: Friday, August 5th, 5-9 PM

September 2-24, 2011: Kathy Weber

         opening reception: Friday, September 2nd, 5-9 PM


October 7-29, 2011: Serge Zhukov

        opening reception: Friday, October 7th, 5-9 PM


November 4-26, 2011: Lesa Chittendem Lim

            opening reception:  Friday, November 4th, 5-9 PM


December 2-31, 2011: Rick Buttari

         opening reception:  Friday, December 2nd, 5-9 PM

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