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Bill Santelli

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Lives in
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Works in
Rochester, NY

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Tags
modern, surrealism, abstract, zen drawings, nova scotia, abstract geometric

Statement

My slideshow contains two different bodies of work -- drawings and paintings.  My approach to the two mediums is very different, hence the two statements below.

 

Drawing Statement:

THE PATH SERIES:

One of the most amazing things about nature is how personal it is – how much it can fire up the individual imagination, and function as a metaphor for growth and change.  My series of drawings “The Path” seems to depict, at the most basic level, sea grasses.  Yet, they’re also highly abstracted, brightly colored environments.  I think of the narrow tapered shapes as forming a site of contemplation for the inner self, a kind of locus of discovery. 

Each drawing is a slightly different study in composition and color.  Drawn on large sheets of Stonehenge paper, the process is very labor intensive.  Each drawing takes about 3 months to complete.  I use up hundreds of Prismacolor pencils, building up multiple layers of color to achieve intensity and rich tonality.  At a distance their surfaces appear unified, but go up close and you can see that they’re really composed of many small marks that merge into a smooth sheen.  I use bold colors for their power to evoke sensations, and elicit an emotional response from the viewer.

 

 

Painting Statment:

I work mainly from my own inner vision.  My eye never sleeps.  I paint the abstract language of colors, forms and shapes that my eye visualizes.  I use bold colors to provoke a feeling or sensation that engages the viewer in an emotional exchange with the work.

 

 

Information:

http://www.billsantelli.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8lDZkOH6fw

http://www.oxfordgallery.com/Contemporary/santelli.html

http://www.re-title.com/artists/bill-santelli.asp

 

 

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