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.M. Vinci
creates a richly textured world in his
vibrant abstract paintings. “I would like my
art to bridge the gap between art and science,” he
says, and like a scientist, he experiments with many
materials to achieve his effects. Vinci says that nature
is a major source of inspiration for his images, and
he allows “erosion and entropy” to come into play
as he lets his materials play off of one another. In
addition to acrylic paints, he uses gels, sand, wood,
metal and many other media to create works whose
energy seems to be barely contained by the canvas.
The artist says that his colors “pop as they fly off
the edge of the canvas” and the reasons for that can
be found in both the reds, yellows and blues of his
color palette and the energy with which he applies those colors. “I seldom use brushes,” he admits. “I pour the paint.” The
resulting images have an air of spontaneity, but are also carefully composed. Vinci takes care to ensure that his paintings
read well from any distance, organizing their flowing rhythms with a finely tuned eye for balance and proportion. “I
delight,” he says, “in layering meaning and innuendo between each liquid pour.”
Blue Sky Temple Acrylic & Glass on Canvas 30” x 48”
W.M. Vinci
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imple yet deep, abstract yet narrative, graphic
yet appealingly handmade,
Kozo Takano
’s
acrylic paintings mix wry humor with an expertly
wrangled artistic vocabulary. Takano’s work
goes beyond visual puns or even scenes to get
to something more universal: the feeling of a
captured moment, taken from occasions as grand
and essential as the rise of the moon or the sea
meeting the shore. The palette may be blaring,
artificial tones or merely grays or browns.
Using only a few swaths of color and one or two
giant geometrical shapes crowding the frame,
Takano evokes the grace of the natural world. By
pinning it to the canvas, he asks the viewer how
it relates to us as humans, both on our scale and
as the environment in which we live. By translating
the natural elements into a purely visual language — rectangles, circles, and triangles that exist only on a two-dimensional
plane — Takano proves to us that we may understand and appreciate our surroundings in our own way, though we cannot
control them.
Takano was born in Kawasaki, Japan and today lives in Yokohama. His inspirations include the work of Picasso and Klee.
Sea Acrylic on Board 14” x 20”
Kozo Takano
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