Common Ground Landscapes: La Ballona Wetlands and San Gimignano
The series of landscapes, inspired by two completely different environments, are site specific. The Tuscan works evolved from a period of time spent in the shadow of San Gimignano, a UNESCO protected medieval town surrounded by rolling hills dotted with lush vineyards and romantic villas. The other series has as its subject the La Ballona Wetlands, the last remaining coastal wetland in Southern California.
“Both sites, as diametrically opposed as possible, have captured my imagination, and have been constantly compelling forces demanding to be interpreted and examined in their various nuances. Both share a singular nobility; the one, lovingly tended and protected; the other, scrabbly and neglected and fighting for survival, yet glorious in its reprieve from the encroachments of an ever-expanding civilization,” notes Osio.
The later landscapes have been executed in a style of expressionistic abstraction signifying a departure from the somewhat more representational qualities of the earlier works. All his images are derived from an extensive collection of his own photography.
Tony Osio is a Los-Angeles based artist who has exhibited both locally and internationally. His most recent exhibitions include a solo show at Villa Il Borghetto, San Gimignano, Italy and two group shows at Satsuma Gallery in North Hollywood. His paintings are also in numerous private collections, and he has donated work to several charitable organizations as part of their fund-raising activities. For an overview of his works, please access his website at www.tonyosio.com