You're invited! Beginning Friday, April 7th, explore our April On View Feature highlighting three artists: Linda Bigness, Tony Iadicicco, and Nealy Hauschildt. The Feature will run through Saturday, April 29th, with the three artists showcased together on the main wall of our Westport, CT gallery. Explore artwork by our featured artists in our Show Collection.
From a stylistic standpoint, this collection of artwork by Bigness, Iadicicco and Hauschildt brings together three very different bodies of work. Linda Bigness' floral encaustic paintings are created using beeswax, damar resin, and pigment. Tony Iadicicco's paintings are made by applying thin layers of oil paint, often dry-brushing for a soft finish centered around a stark horizon line, while Nealy Hauschildt's watercolor paper almost mimics the fluidity of her paint application, creating a subtle rippling, sculptural effect.
While the three artists in this On View feature have wildly different approaches, the root of their work revolves around a similar theme. Each artist, with their vastly different choice of medium and execution, abstracts the natural world through the use of color and design. They allude to nature - a marsh, a garden, the open ocean - aiming to capture the feeling of an environment rather than a specific view.
Left to right: Four watercolor paintings by Nealy Hauschildt, an encaustic painting by Linda Bigness, and a blue oil painting by Tony Iadicicco.
"There is something overtly happy and serene about the work of all three of these artists," says Sorelle Owner, Sandy Pelletier. "They each have a way of using their artwork to aid the viewer in some way - quieting their mind or sparking a good memory. Linda's work, which is thick, textured, and earthy, grounds Nealy's and Tony's lighter, more minimal compositions. I think the result is a balanced curation, a tour of the natural world from the most creative vantage point."
Linda Bigness is an internationally exhibited artist who maintains a gallery/studio in Syracuse, New York. Her work has been exhibited in several prestigious solo and group shows that have involved notable jurors such as art critic Clement Greenberg, Ivan Karp, director of OK Harris Gallery in NYC, and Tom Piche, director of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, Bigness’ large scale paintings are often selected and commissioned for corporate and residential clients, including the Turning Stone Resort, Merrill Lynch Corporation, Haylor, Freyer and Coon, and Bausch and Lomb. Explore Linda's artwork here. You can also learn more about encaustic painting in our recent Spotlight conversation with Linda on the blog.
The Feature of Linda Bigness, Tony Iadicicco and Nealy Hauschildt on view at Sorelle Gallery through April 29, 2023.
Born in Watertown, New York, Tony Iadicicco (pronounced eye-duh-see-co) grew up in a military family, spending his childhood in Germany and Schenectady, NY. He studied Graphic Design for a time at Sage College in Albany, before moving to Florida and later, New York City. It was during this time that he began developing his distinct abstract style of painting, which features soft, blended colors, often centered around a notable horizon line.
After ultimately returning to Upstate New York, Tony began working with community organizations and hosting his own studio shows. Now, his artwork has been showcased at various art galleries in the Capital District of New York, including the Clement Art Gallery and the Albany Institute of History & Art, where he was recognized as one of "Tomorrow's Masters of Today." He has also been named one of the region's, "40 Under 40" for his work in the arts, and spearheaded the Capital Walls program, for which he curates public art murals throughout the area. His work has also been exhibited in New York City and in London, and is part of private collections worldwide. See Tony Iadicicco's artwork here, including six new paintings.
Nealy Hauschildt is a Brooklyn based artist. She obtained her BFA from the University of Michigan, during which time she spent four months studying at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague, CZ. Her work has been featured in Thought Art Magazine and CandyFloss Magazine, and has been included in shows and private collections across the country.
"Color plays an enormous role in my work and in how I experience the world. My paintings are a combination of what exists in nature and how I experience my environment. I aim to capture the soul of the landscape through minimalistic, emotive color planes. Just as planned as it is exploratory, my process includes layering transparent washes and allowing room for the paint to evolve on page. I hope for my work to provide a moment of reflection and inspire sight; to reconnect us with land, sea, and sky and ignite an emotional response to color." Browse Nealy Hauschildt's watercolor paintings here.
This On View feature is free and open to the public during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday 10:30am - 6:00pm. Street parking is available. To view the featured artwork online, click here to shop the show.