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Colette Calascione

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Colette Calascione was born in San Francisco in 1971 and received her B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. She resides in California.

Inspired by books and images of earlier eras, particularly the Victorian era, Calascione invents a world that is her own. Images of women and children in old photographs are transformed in the artist’s hands. She never literally copies a photo or its background. When she sees a figure she likes, her vision forms around it. Clothed figures in photographs are sometimes undressed by Calascione in her paintings, and placed in a mise-en-scene she creates. Rarely does the environment surrounding the figure come directly from a book or photo, as a “quote.”

Addressing the issue of gender identity and particularly that of “female identity,” Calascione’s imagination takes her into flights of fancy and fantasy in her paintings. She paints women in all guises, mostly unclothed, sitting on divans brocaded in satin, standing provocatively looking at the viewer, reclining on a bed surrounded by the stuff of dream and fantasy, purring cats, fairy tale fish, toy soldiers

Her painting, “Traveling Hermit,” gives the appearance of a masterwork, a classic posed “portrait” of an elegant woman of stature, dressed in velvet and lace, with exotic hat. The imagined hat, like attenuated wings, focuses the viewer’s attention on the lady’s eyes—are they there, or are they not? Calascione always evokes in the viewed a multitude of questions: this painting has the “seer” being seen, by eyes that take us to the great beyond.

Painted like Old Master paintings in many layers of oil, the artist beguiles us with her images and her imagination.

via Colette Calascione | Nancy Hoffman Gallery

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Sure Darling, I am So Happy I Could Die

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LEE PRICE

Ice Cream
Strawberry Swirl
Lemon Meringue
Self Portrait in Tub with Chinese Food
Boston Cream
Jelly Doughnuts

When I’m making a painting I’m not really thinking about audience reaction. I feel like my process is more instinctual than that. That that particular concern would cause me to contrive or second guess what it is that I’m trying to express. Also, I’m not concerned about the viewer taking in the information in a specific way. People see a piece of art and they react to it. They bring to it their own history/background and make interpretations from there. It’s a subjective interaction.

via Lee Price paints herself nude with junk food | Don’t Panic Magazine | Arts.
Lee Price: American Figurative Realist Oil Painter.

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