Artist in Residence - Layla Fanucci
On exhibit through January 8, 2018
International Artist Layla Fanucci
Layla Fanucci's paintings embody the mystery, thrill and contradictions of these urban environments. They lure the viewer in with suggestions of wide boulevards and labyrinthine streets, while at the same time they deflect us with phalanxes of walls and windows and shafts of reflected light. They are all the works of a multi-talented artist who began as a musician and teacher, than changed media in mid life, finding a canvas and oils the perfect tools to express her unique vision and global perspective.
Part of Fanucci's success lies in the very individual style of her paintings and the singular way she produces them. Fanucci works on her paintings in much the same way the centuries have worked on the cities she depicts, adding, subtracting, then adding again. She builds the images, layer upon layer, often plotting out three or four cities, and burring each under a fresh layer of paint, before constructing a new one on top. Often the earlier cities bleed through the more recent ones, creating a pentimento that suggests multiple dimensions in time and space.
Layla's dream like work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, the Christopher Hill Gallery in California, Andrews Art Museum in North Carolina, Chasen Gallery in Virginia, Le Musee de Marrakech in Morocco, Vam Inc. Gallery in New Jersey, The Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York, among others. She has received numerous commissions and her work is held in private collections across the United States and abroad. A book of Layla's work, City of Dreams Unabridged 1999-2011, is available for purchase on her website, laylafanucci.com. Her second book, Striking a Creative Note: Passion to Process, will be available in September 2017 at layafanucci.com.
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