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Light­ing the Way

In his lat­est series of paint­ings, Gianni Strino moves por­traits be­yond their tra­di­tional def­i­ni­tion as the art­work tells a story through the at­mos­phere and sur­round­ings. As with all of Strino’s pieces there is a fo­cus on the light­ing ef­fects, which can be the­atri­cal or dif­fused de­pend­ing on the si­t­u­a­tion. These fresh works will be on view at Lot­ton Gallery through­out the month of Septem­ber.

Christina Fran­zoso, direc­tor of the Chicago-based gallery, says, “Gianni Strino con­veys com­fort, warmth, pas­sion, love and beauty in his new col­lec­tion of paint­ings. His mas­ter­ful touch is a strik­ing com­bi­na­tion with his sense of light.”

Among his lat­est pieces is Dream­ing, which de­picts a woman wear­ing a black out­fit swept away in a dream as she rests on a sofa. In de­scrib­ing the work, Strino says, “The at­mos­phere—a lit­tle Baroque, which gives mean­ing to the model that lan­guidly dreams ly­ing on a sofa—is what led me to do this painting. Look­ing in the wide­spread col­ors [is] the re­al­iza­tion of it, en­hanced by the few and very strong chro­matic points made up of pre­cious stones that sur­round the dress.”

The White Para­sol, of a young woman hold­ing a dec­o­ra­tive um­brella, is an­other work that has been in­formed solely by the light. “The in­spi­ra­tion was the sun­light that fil­ters through a white fab­ric and with lace—the um­brella—cre­at­ing plays of light and soft shad­ows as to ex­alt the del­i­cacy of the young model,” he says.

Other pieces, such as Gar­den Flow­ers and Await­ing, are driven more by the sto­ries he is telling. The for­mer painting, for ex­am­ple, hints at the blend­ing of na­ture with the fig­ure as the model puts a flower be­hind her ear. Await­ing tells the tale of “the mytho­log­i­cal char­ac­ter Pene­lope, wife of Ulysses, and the prover­bial ex­pec­ta­tion of the re­turn of the groom from the myth­i­cal and long war of Troy.”

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