Sunday, 8 November 2009
Toronto artist Gerard Gauci is widely known in Canada as a painter and set designer. After graduation from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1982, he began his career creating illustrations for Canadian magazines, publishers and design firms. He became a fill-time painter in 1998, and has worked as resident set designer for Opera Atelier in Toronto since 1986.
Gauci is known for his dramatic still life paintings that take a decidely contemporary approach to a traditional subject. In his paintings, the objects themselves are less important than the abstract rhytms set up in the composition. Repeated lines, dissonant colour cominations and a fluid handling of paint contribute to a reading that goes beyond suggested symbolism. Recalling the extravagance oof 17th and 18th Century European masters, Gauci presents canvasses that overflow with flowers, ripening fruit and a mysterious array of found objects. Most recently he has been working on a series of small-scale paintings hang in private, public and corporate collections. (leo kamen Gallery)
☁ GERARD GAUCI @ LEO KAMEN GALLERY
☁ GERARD GAUCI @ GDB