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Penny Santy, Jon Iannitti, KidsART

Jan. 28 - Mar. 11, 2017

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Jon Iannitti ~ Arts Cafe Gallery

January 28 - March 11, 2017





Event Date(s):

· Sat Jan 28 2017 12:00 PM eastern

"My work ranges from still life studies and portraits to landscapes and urban scenes.  The enjoyment I find in painting comes from a desire to alter - warp, bend, stretch, compress – familiar things, and to use color to create an enchanted world.   Landscapes, buildings and people can be re-imagined and caught up in a vibrating swirl of social commentary, humor, and fantasy.  This style of drawing and painting I call ‘stretch-warp’.

"I begin with a variety of photos on a subject and then a series of drawings – mostly quick pencil slashes, wavy lines, and curves to create dynamic movement.  This becomes the tentative governing structure of an evolving painting. Experimentation and revision continue throughout the painting process. Painting in this way, for me, is an act of liberation from the static confines of the familiar; it is unpredictable and exciting, and above all, fun. 

"I express what I see, think, feel, and imagine.   For some, my approach to painting may recall El Greco’s elongated forms, or Van Gogh’s pulsating  portraits and landscapes, or even architect  Gehry’s  swooping, flowing real world buildings.   The most direct inspiration for my work, however, comes from a less well-known artist, Rudolf  Stussi, who calls his own distortion of cityscapes,  ‘playfully perverse’.   Ditto for me.

"Acrylics are my preferred medium. They are flexible and ideal for exploring varieties of form, texture, and color on many types of surfaces.   Lately I have been experimenting with oils.   And some of my paintings use  both  acrylics and oils.

"My BA and MA degrees are in history and sociology from SUNY Binghamton (Harpur College). Following retirement from teaching at SUNY College Morrisville and SUNY Cortland, I turned to an early interest I had in painting.   I’ve studied with Chris Cirillo at the School of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY and continue to take instruction from any source that can expand my horizons.     

"My paintings have been displayed at Elms Mansion Gallery in Utica, NY;   View Gallery in Old Forge, NY; Kirkland Town Library in Clinton, NY;  Blue Water Grill Restaurant in Skaneateles, NY; the Holiday Art Show at the Earlville Opera Hose in Earlville, NY; Cazenovia Jewelry, Cazenovia Gallery of Art, Cazenovia Library and Circa Restaurant, all in Cazenovia, NY; the Hamilton  Public Library’s  Community Art Show, Evergreen Gallery, La Iguana Restaurant, and MAD Art, Inc. Gallery and Community Art Space, Hamilton, NY.   

"My work has also been featured in solo exhibition at Skaneateles Bakery, Skaneateles, NY, Hamilton Public Library and Barge Canal Coffee House, Hamilton, NY.  Some of my paintings are in private collections." 

- J. Iannitti



Earlville Opera House New York State Council on the Arts