A stunning selection of new works by Charleston artist Linda Fantuzzo will be on view at the Charleston Renaissance Gallery from May 7 – June 19, 2010. The Color of Surface features thirty recent paintings, each characterized by Fantuzzo’s eloquent handling of atmosphere and luminosity. These latest pieces are further distinguished by the artist’s remarkable facility with medium, leading to striking surface contrasts between heavy impasto and sheer color and glaze. An opening celebration for the exhibition will be held in conjunction with the French Quarter Art Walk on Friday, May 7.
Comprised primarily of landscapes, the paintings featured in The Color of Surface have an ethereal quality and appear to “exist in an ambiguous space—one that is both a deep, representational space filled with elements that sometimes take on metaphorical significance, and more abstract arrangements of geometric and organic shapes.” One reviewer described Fantuzzo’s interpretations of ordinary scenes or objects as anything but ordinary. “Unexpected juxtapositions give many of her paintings a quietly surreal quality. She emphasizes texture, tone, atmosphere, and, above all, an inner light created by very careful purposeful handling of cool and warm colors, applied with thick and thin paints and glazes. The result is haunting.”
The Color of Surface is Fantuzzo’s second solo show at the Charleston Renaissance Gallery, a significant milestone given the gallery’s focus on historic fine art rather than living artists. “Linda’s art, in both its power and its poignancy, transcends the usual lines of demarcation we find between classic and contemporary works,” says gallery founder and principal Robert M. Hicklin, Jr. “Her paintings have a timeless depth and distinction that enhance not only their immediate aesthetic appeal, but their long-term collectability as well.”
Born and raised in upstate New York, Fantuzzo sketched and painted from youth. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1968 to 1973. In addition to her formal academic training, Fantuzzo traveled and studied independently in Italy, Spain, and Morocco, before settling in Charleston in the mid-1970s. Fantuzzo has worked prolifically over the past decades, and her paintings are represented in important private and public collections in the United States and abroad. Among notable exhibitions, she has been featured in solo shows at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, and Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Museum. Her group exhibitions include 100 Years/100 Artists: Views of the Twentieth Century in South Carolina Art at the South Carolina State Museum (1999) and Framing A Vision: Linda Fantuzzo & Manning Williams at the Gibbes Museum (2004).
For more information, call Jane Harper Hicklin, Gallery Manager at the Charleston Renaissance Gallery at 843-723-0025. The Charleston Renaissance Gallery is the nation’s premier dealer in fine art relating to the American South.