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John Pagano’s Abstract Paintings Coming to Davis Art Gallery

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

 

Webster, John Pagano 2012

The abstract artwork of local painter John Pagano will be on display at the Davis Art Gallery in Worcester starting January 24th until March 29th in an exhibit entitled "Color and Line."

Color and line are more than meets the eye in the latest works by local artist John Pagano, and, indeed, the purpose of this exhibit is to show just how that is possible.

"The Purpose of the show 'Color and Line' is to allow the impact of John Pagano's abstract paintings to show all together in one space," said Erika Wade, Co-Curator of the Davis Art Gallery. "John's works blend color and drawing elements together using synthetic paint (acrylic) on the synthetic material of dacron."

From gossamer uses of color and delicate lines to heavy brush strokes and saturated hues, each painting is a unique exploration of these commonly used artistic elements. This make the paintings particular intellectual treats to the viewers.

The techniques Pagano uses to express himself, no matter what a particular painting may end up appearing like in the end, are always meant to give the viewer something to think about. Such is the nature of abstract art.

“I want to confront the viewer with a visual challenge, large or small, a dare to question themselves and what they are seeing, and give them an opportunity to bring themselves into the picture," said the artist.

Wade reiterates the same sentiments.

"John's works require the viewer to use their own imagination to make it a personal experience of interpretation," she said.

Pagano was initially educated at the School of the Worcester Art Museum; he still maintains a studio in Worcester to this day. In 1981, he graduated with a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts School of Art in Boston.

He has displayed his work at numerous other juried, group and solo shows including at ArtsWorcester's Aurora and gARTh galleries, the Sprinkler Factory Gallery, the Hadley Gallery and the 224 Boston Street Restaurant in Dorchester. His work is also a part of a number of private collections.

"John’s paintings are absolutely beautiful, a mix of De Kooning, Gorky and Pollock" said Karl Cole, Co-Curator of the Davis Art Gallery.

The mission of the Davis Art Gallery is to promote local artists, especially by providing a venue to show their work, in the process strengthening Worcester's extensive and vibrant art community. This program advances this mission.

 "John's unique style of painting and drawing with color and energy is unique to Worcester area artists," said Wade.

An opening reception will be held on January 24th from 5-7 pm. The Davis Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Printers Building on 44 Portland Street in Worcester.

For more information on the painter or to view more of his work, visit his website

 

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