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“I
have inherited the soul of Monet,” says painter
Susan Marx
,
and a look at her colorful, light-filled images makes this
Impressionist connection clear. This is an artist who spent two
summers painting in Monet’s garden in Giverny.  
Marx loves color and she loves paint. When she paints flowers and
foliage they are a mere excuse to paint color. Working 
en plein
air
gives her paintings a powerful immediacy, the vivid, tactile
sense of nature as experienced directly and emotionally. She may
have painted on Monet’s Japanese Bridge but it is clear that she
sees beyond it. Marx takes Impressionism to a new level, using the
paint-filled, emotive brushstrokes of the Abstract Expressionists to
produce a style she calls “Abstract Impressionism.” She captures the
essence in her paintings, the color and the emotion, and leaves the
rest to the viewer, enticing him into the painting.
“My art is a result of my radical amazement at the visual world around
me and my need to turn that visual experience into paint. Nature
may be my starting point, but it is not my end result,” explains Marx.  
White Irises Acrylic on Canvas 30” x 24”
Susan Marx
F
lavio Pellegrino
paints with rich, vibrant oils
to create moody, whimsical abstract work that
projects strong emotions and effortlessly captures
the viewer’s attention. Fragmented geometric shapes
mingle with organic brushstrokes; occasionally,
loosely rendered subject matter will emerge from the
canvas, but whether the subject is distinguishable
or not, these paintings are always full of interest,
presenting the viewer with a plethora of windows into
new perspectives. “The communion between a viewer
and my work is my heaven… and sensations, colors
and feelings, my universe,” he explains. Each piece is a
fresh look at a concept or subject, an impression of the
world that is entirely unique. Yet Pellegrino frequently
draws inspiration from everyday experience. “The
daily life, people, situations, sensations, problems and solutions, dreams and nightmares that you face [on a] daily basis
are a special event themselves,” he claims, inspiringly. His work continuously evolves as he experiences new things, and this
is an artist who always has innovative visions to express.
Pellegrino was born in Argentina, and he currently lives in New York City. His work has been well received, and has been
exhibited in several solo shows.
Serenity Oil on Canvas 24” x 36”
Flavio Pellegrino
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