December 5 – January 23, 2016
Opening: Saturday, December 5, 6:30–9:30PM
Artists’ Reception: Sunday, December 6, 1–3PM
The Image Flow’s holiday exhibition features original artwork by Stephen Bruce, J. Scott Cilmi, and Donna D’Acuti.
These three local artists will show a diverse and enchanting body of new work: Stephen Bruce’s acid paintings on copper have earned art festival accolades and been featured on a variety of television shows. J. Scott Cilmi explores how the juxtaposition of color and layers can create a three-dimensional quality in his mixed media paintings and collages. Donna D’Acuti has been making Chinese brush paintings inspired by the landscapes of Northern California and her native Vermont for more than 30 years.
Join us on Saturday, December 5 at 6:30PM to celebrate these three fantastic artists while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a friendly, festive atmosphere!
On Sunday, December 6, 1–3PM, Stephen, Scott, and Donna will gather at The Flow during which they will discuss their work with guests in a comfortable and intimate setting, with a background of live music.
And PS—An original piece of artwork makes a wonderful and unique holiday gift!
Stephen Bruce: Pay close attention to the man wearing a respirator. Surrounded by strange paraphernalia, he hunches over a sheet of copper, mysteriously coaxing undulating swirls and vibrant hues to the surface. He’s no mad scientist, nor is he a tortured artist. Northern California native Stephen Bruce is not a cliché—he is a phenomenon.
The concept of metal patination is centuries old. Jewelers use the technique to age metals and create colors, while in the 1970s Andy Warhol did a series of oxidation paintings. Patinas on metal can be created by painting with flame or using hot or cold solutions. Stephen’s method of choice is cold patinas. He sprays, brushes, dips, or sponges an acid solution and allows the metal to slowly react.
Similar in style and philosophy to that of the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, Bruce’s work has quickly gained followers and patrons around the country ranging from prestigious gallery owners to discriminating art lovers. “The contrasts from cyan to deep blue combined with the ocean greens are the effects we love the most,” said Rob Bowley, a New York City client.
Stephen says his most significant artistic influence is Mother Earth. “Every artist is imitating her. My seascapes are inspired by the beauty of the ocean, perhaps an aerial view from the sky. My abstracts, an attempt to mimic the colors and patterns of some geological formations. And my landscapes are my best efforts to capture a fleeting moment in a sunset, a sunrise, or on the horizon.”
J. Scott Cilmi: My paintings create a sense of energy and spirit that emanates from the layering of color, texture, composition, and mark making. I am most interested in using juxtapositions of color and exploring how layers affect layers. Many of my paintings have a tactile three-dimensional presence due to the build-up of textured surfaces on the canvas. The paintings are meant to be meditative, either peripherally or with focused attention.
My works continue to expand upon visual abstraction as an evolving language/non-language in which the painter and the audience have a shared experience within the landscape of the art. I have recently incorporated original Haikus and “poems” in some of my paintings, which further explore the combination of art and language. In these paintings, the viewer is invited to be a “co-creator” as they have the opportunity to interpret both the image and the poem.
Scott earned his BFA at The Tyler School at Temple University in Philadelphia, and currently lives and works in San Rafael. He is also a member of the Red Umbrellas Group.
Donna D’Acuti: Chinese Brush Painting has been my love for over 30 years—I’ve been hooked ever since I walked into Paul & Madeline Fu’s Mill Valley art store where I took my very first painting lessons with Madeline. Everything drew me to this painting style from the fog-shrouded mountains, birds, rocks, and trees, combined with the beautiful bamboo brushes, white ceramic dishes, and rich black ink.
While I use traditional techniques and love the traditional Chinese subjects, I like to mix them with unusual papers, bark, linen, and my own western influence. In the tradition of Chinese brush painting, I paint from my imagination, not from a scene in front of me. I might watch the fog roll over Mt. Tam or stare at a table filled with scattered photos or remember scenes, and then sit in my studio and paint from memory. I take inspiration from Vermont, California, and other states I have often visited, as well as the Chinese masters. Despite my confessed impatience and high energy,
I enjoy the focus and delicacy that is required of this art.