Berta Walker Gallery presents
Del Deo: Fisherman, Flowers, and a Few Fantasies: Recent Paintings
opens on Friday, June 22 and continues through Sunday, July 15, with
an opening reception Friday, June 22, from 7PM to 9PM.
Del Deo’s paintings are always a mix of deep feeling and painterly
technique and the new work in this exhibition distills that mix to
a rich concentration. One identifies with the painter’s compassionate
gaze. Especially moving and beautiful this season are the mural-sized
paintings, friezes, Del Deo calls them, based on the haunting loss
of the scalloper Patricia Marie in 1978. These paintings are in commemoration
of the seven local fishermen who went down that cold night in February,
and the courage of their families, but one cannot fail to think that
they also are a cry against the saddening loss of the town’s
historic identity as a fishing community. These paintings in particular
reveal the strong influence of Del Deo’s teacher Edwin Dickinson
and his early exposure to the work of Diego Rivera in Mexico, who urged
him to continue his work in fresco painting. Models for these paintings
are local fishermen and some of them, sons of fishermen lost at sea.
his painting, Del Deo is engaged in a spirited dialogue with the world,
with nature. It is this challenge that has held his passion through
the over fifty years of his painting career and has resulted in an
immense and diverse body of work. His is a style that seems to traverse
the continuum from the realistic to the abstract, with a natural fluidity
available only to one who is thoroughly centered. He works with a visual
vocabulary built up over years of study and looking and seeing. Del
Deo has painted all the familiar scenes of his life at land's end --
fish, dunes, boats moored at the town wharf, trap sheds and lighthouses,
the citizens, and here, the bright, sweet product of his garden --
all made new for the viewer through the painter's rich palette and
soulful perspective. Here he is focusing his intensely refined, artistic
eye through the lens of pure color - the color of joy in nature's simple
and art critics alike have stated:
integrity and passion. Drawing and the sweet labors of painting, composition
and color -- all these ingredients are combined to make the face and
being of the artist Salvatore Del Deo." Varujan Boghosian, Sculptor.
has made paintings based on the here and now and also near-abstract
works that engage the 'metaphysical unreal'. He is an artist of subtle
sensibility." Eleanor Munroe, Art Critic.
cannot separate Sal Del Deo, the man, from his art. Sal lives his art.
That's why he is whole." Edward Giobbi, Painter