Soho’s Broadway Gallery is getting romantic this spring. Francesco Siclari will
be having a solo show from May 23rd to June 5th with a reception from 6pm to
8pm on May 30, 2013. If you’ve never had to opportunity to travel to Italy, this
might be your chance to drink in the serenity of its landscape and culture without
the plane ticket. With a wide range of subjects, Siclari presents paintings of
landscapes, cities, boats, and people . History meets emotion. Tradition means
originality. Canvas meets life.
Francesco Siclari has been painting and showing art internationally since the
1960s. Born in Campo Calabro on the tip of Italy’s boot, he first stepped towards
the world of painting due to his sheer infatuation with painting’s expression. As
a child, he would always draw due to the inaccessibility and expense of oil. His
aim has always been for the viewer to see the world in a way they have never
thought to see it. It was worth the sacrifice of patience while he continued his
family studies without asking for money for art supplies from his family. Then,
a birthday miracle from his brother, Dominic, came in the form of 10,000 lire.
Finally, Siclair had oils to create with and he was able to dedicate his time to
working with the oils after his studies were complete. His brother pushed him
further and urged him to do shows once he saw the canvases adding up. We are
all very lucky that he took his brother’s sound advice.
Broadway Gallery has the pleasure of exhibiting some of Siclari’s best pieces.
Oil paintings such as Canal Grande – Venezia (1985), La Poesia del Silenzio
– Phuket (1994), Nudo nel Blu (1988), Positano (2002) and Quiete ai Murazzi
(1988) will all be shown. Everyday subjects are suddenly not so ordinary.
His technique of using glistening color and thin, see-through glazes take the
moments he captures and adds romance and omnipresence. He adds emotion
to each piece through bold imagery and an originality that is all his own. For
example, in Canal Grande – Venezia, the viewer watches as a gondolier is about
to take off down the canal. The depth of the water’s murky blue works with the
cities horizon line off in the distance, while the lighting created the glazed oil paint
enchants and mesmerizes. He uses a geometric border that becomes lighters as
it moves toward the center of the piece and allows for a moment that is not only
emotional, but also pensive.
Mark your calendars for this optical delight into Italy through Siclari’s brush. Gaze
into the silences. Question yourself as you find nuances within tradition and let
Siclari show you that emotion lives wherever you do.