Citta is a translation: City - begun in 2005 after a visit to Chicago where I took the Frank Lloyd Wright tour and was fortunate enough to stay in ahotel overlooking the Pier and the river. The excitement of the city was universal. I use imagery, language, colour and texture to convey the energy of modern cities.Texture is more subtle, colour is layered. Some pieces are finished in resin.
Cosmo or Cosmopolitana series: this is the Citta series expanded to include“everyman and everywoman” two generic modern figures which represent the modern urban existence - engaged and yet detached - strength and beauty.Architectural elements are present but so is the figure - a bow to the great modernist visions of Warhol and Canadian Artist ; Michael Snow. The figures are walking towards - or away from what event? He is on his cell. She is assertive. Colour is vibrant, text is obscured in places. World destinations are named.- begun after a show in Vancouver in 2007-first shown at
Vitae Urbanae 2 (Art Gallery of Hamilton, April 2008).
The roots of the Galileo and Meridiani series can be found in the work of the 1980's and early 1990's when I painted on polygon-shaped canvases in groupings. Triangular canvases in groups of three became the most popular with residential and corporate commissions. On a particular trypdych I received much feedback from people wondering what the iconography meant. Some said they were reminded of the Nasca lines. A religious group from the south of France contactedme regarding the significance of the triangle in their doctrine and the universe in general. Needless to say, none of this was on my mind when Galileo first appeared in 2001. I titled the series for the exploration satellite named after the great Galileo Galilei. Stylistically, the series was a natural evolution of Triad-the Mannerist phase of my geometric period-the work would eventually become less dependent on geometry of any kind. The suggested movement of the geometry floating on grounds of cloudy sfumato always bring space and exploration to mind.
Quartieri is a rough translation : as in Latin Quarter or boroughs. An abstract interpretation of the dynamics of urban settings. Begun in 2002 after several shows in North America and Europe. The work suggests geometry with extensive use of modeling paste and gels.
Triad series (originally Triede-a word play on the number three) was re-titled when the series was launched in print by Editions Limited in San Francisco in early 2000. The original series began as a group of paintings celebrating the majolica,or mosaic tiles produced by the unsung heroes of ancient structures-the artisans. I was struck by the process that still goes on today to produce these tiles. When I returned from Europe in 1991 I immediately began to include these squares in groups of three into my work. The impression was so strong in my mind-I wanted to elevate the efforts of the artisan to superstar status so they originally appeared as equals to the great ancient architectural icons-capitals, arches, columns and so forth...the style eventually evolved into complete geometric abstraction
Vitae Urbanae is a play on words (Urban Life).-begun in 2004 specifically for a show at Lennox Gallery in Toronto. This series marked the beginning of an extensive exploration of architectural imagery through the use of silkscreens and typography. Texture is central to the work but is subtle and colour is layered. Some pieces suggest blueprints.