Antonaccio fine art at Carlton
Published: 11:42 AM, 08/02/2012
Last updated: 12:01 AM, 08/20/2012
An exhibition by local artist Egidio Antonaccio is featured at the 30th Anniversary Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery.
A great love of color and the inspiration from nature are the qualities one observes while viewing paintings by Antonaccio. Born in Castelluccio, Italy, “Egi,” as he is known, grew up with the strong influence of great Italian master painters. His artistic talent was recognized and encouraged at an early age. He earned a degree from the Institute of Fine Art in Castrovillan, Italy, and the Academy of Fine Arts with Honors in Florence, Italy.
Antonaccio has called North Carolina home since 1981. His realistic oil paintings of mountain sunlit valleys and shadowy hillsides, paths filled with flowering shrubs and azaleas, woodland waterfalls with native rhododendron and dogwood, pastoral farm scenes complete with barn and cows to a softly rendered Grandfather Mountain are testament to his imagination and talent.
In addition to his oil paintings, Antonaccio also paints landscapes in bright, strong acrylics, using larger, more courageous strokes. In lieu of brushes, he applies the acrylic paint with palette knives.
His exhibit, “Realism of Light and Abstractions – Landscape,” runs through Aug. 19.
It showcases his landscapes in oils on canvas, depicting the seasonal changes of the mountains – spring blooming dogwood, the lush greenery of summer, the colors of autumn and the muted light of winter.
Antonaccio’s paintings in acrylics rendered with palette knives are filled with the flora and fauna known in the High Country. Daisies, mullen, yarrow, black-eyed Susan and golden rod fill the foreground, while the colorful background expresses his impressionistic inspiration derived from nature and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
His colors applied with heavy texture appear abstracted until one views the painting from a distance, and then the subject matter is clearly defined.
Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather community. For more information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit http://www.carltonartgallery.com.
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