February 16th, 2014
We met Fred Calleri over five years ago, and have been exhibiting his figurative paintings ever since. From the first few small cowboy and skier paintings to the large-scale commissions that he paints for us today, we have enjoyed an incredible breadth of work from this talented artist. We are fortunate to be able to spread his joy amongst collectors all over the world!
We are now pleased to present new works to the gallery for our winter season, featured below. Please visit the gallery to view them in person, or call us with any questions about the work: 435-649-3001.
After an extensive period in Graphic Design and Marketing, Calleri decided to move to Flagstaff and take advantage of the history, scenery, people and especially the astounding light offered in the western regions of the U.S. A recent move has brought Calleri to Santa Barbara, CA. By studying artists such as Zorn, Sargent, Vermeer, Sorolla and many others as well as living masters today, Calleri aims to reproduce classic and romantic images using the master’s palette and mood to create an emotional reaction.
Fred covers a wide range of styles and subject matter. As he explores different paths, the figure resonates throughout each piece. While exploring the figure and representational painting in general, Calleri found by adding a slight distortion he was free to let the image take him where it wanted to go. Calleri injects into his images a romantic and mysterious quality.
Now starting to evolve is a smoother blending of the representational with the quirky distortion, as well as an effort to create a deeper narrative with the work. The historical or “period” nature of the work lends itself to the style and reaches back to a seemingly simpler time. This theme resonates with casual observers and collectors alike. Using vintage reference photos, live models, and imagination, the work is then created on Masonite Panel or Canvas.