Dane Arts Gallery
City-County Building 1st Floor (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Madison, WI)
Philip Salamone, "Jerome"
March 7, 2017 - June 4, 2017
Open 8:00am-5:00pm and during public meetings.
This exhibition is a collection of portraits of the citizens of Madison. I believe that a painting, like a photograph, is a record of an experience, and it is this reason that I believe that it is important to paint from the life. Sitting in front of the model, having a conversation, and getting to know them, one creates a very different portrait than from a photograph. Your state of mind, your sense of engagement, the smells in the air, and the other people in room, all contribute to influence every mark that is made on the canvas. My hope is that this show is a representation of some of the citizens of our city, and that these portraits convey a sense of who the model is, who I am, and the relationship between the two.
My interest in classically inspired portraiture stems from the physical sensation of making the image, the historical importance of the process, and the depth of knowledge and practice required to create these images. The determination to evince the beauty, dignity, and grace of the human form provides inspiration for my work. My aim is to capture more than just a physical likeness, but to convey a sense of the individual's character as well, and spending time with the models and hearing their stories is essential. I believe that if these works are to have any lasting impression, it will be because they have been painted from life.
My family moved to Wisconsin from Long Island, New York, and I was born in Madison and raised in central Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Fine Arts and later moved to New York to study at the Grand Central Atelier. After completing the three year program, in addition to study at the Art Students League, I returned to Madison to paint and to teach. In an effort to build a community, to learn from other artists, and to routinely practice painting from the figure, I rented a studio and started offering classes, workshops, and open studios. I now teach at both the University of Wisconsin - Madison and also at my school, the Atwood Atelier.
Web Site: www.philipsalamone.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/atwoodatelier
A reception will be held on Thursday, March 30th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Dane Arts gallery space located in the central hallway on the first floor of the City-County building.