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FRANCISCO CENTOFANTI Sept 12th - October 5th

Florence Academy of Art graduate Francisco Centofanti launches his first solo show in a decade at the Kooywood Gallery.

Francisco has been creating the Lumiere series over the past year, inspired largely by Welsh landscape and seascapes so it is fitting that the exhibition will be held at Cardiff’s Kooywood Gallery, one of Wales’s leading contemporary commercial galleries.

For this exhibition the Swansea-based artist has been exploring new techniques in oil, using cold wax and egg tempera, creating his own paint mixed with plaster.

Initially spending a lot of time sketching outside, Centofanti later carried his ideas into the studio - blending realism with memory and imagination to produce a more dream-like feel.

The theme of the new exhibition is light - often direct sunlight - and Centofanti is interested in how the power of light charges over and interacts with the landscape.

“It is a theme an endless challenge and and also a constant source of fascination.”

The Gower, Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia all feature heavily in the new exhibition. “Its probably no coincidence because in the three years I have been living in Swansea, after many years travelling the world, the landscapes and seascapes of Wales have been tremendously inspiring,” he says.

“From the time I left Florence in 1999 I have been drawing and painting practically non-stop, constantly searching and exploring different mediums and subjects, trying to fuse the old and the new to come up with a visual language that will speak to people in modern times and will bring joy, wonder and a sense of the great mystery.”

His work has been exhibited extensively and is collected by clients in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, Stockholm, Florence and London.

His many international collectors include art dealer Martin Summers, financier Mark Lapidus, writer Nigel Hinton, Don Foster MP and The Who's frontman, Roger Daltrey CBE.

Daltrey, a renowned collector, said, “Francisco Centofanti is a fabulous artist. I particularly love his landscape paintings - he captures light and colours brilliantly.

“He creates exciting and iconic works of art with an unprecedented fusion of contemporary inspiration and traditional techniques.”

Among his previous solo exhibitions are

2014 ‘I Dreamt in the City’ – Exhibiton of Art Prints, Vyner Studios, 1 Vyner Street

2008 ‘Twilight to Midnight’ - Beauxs Arts Gallery, Bath, UK

2003 ‘Interiors’ - Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, U.K.

1999 ‘Degree Show’ - Gallery Fourty Seven, Bloomsbury, London, UK.

Awards

2017 – First Prize, Glynn Vivian Open Exhibition, Swansea

2006 - Royal Society of Oil Painters,Winsor & Newton Young Artists 3rd Prize, London

2003 - Carroll Foundation Award for Best Portrait (of Sir Wilfred Thesiger), Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London.

 


Mountain Light I
Egg Tempera and Mixed Media on Gesso Panel
55 x22cm
£450

Black Mountains
Oil and Cold Wax on panel
30 x 24 cm
£350

Seascape I
Oil and Cold Wax on Canvas board
30 x 21 cm
£325



Clouds
Oil and Cold Wax on panel
38 x 41 cm
£450

Woods
Oil and Cold Wax on panel
80 x 60 cm
£1000

Woods II
Egg Tempera on Wood Panel
40 x 30 cm
£450



Marloes Sands II
Egg Tempera and Mixed Media on Gesso Panel
107 x 80cm
£1500

Snowdon II
Egg Tempera and Mixed Media on Gesso Panel
110x 80 cm
£1500

Sunset
Oil and Cold Wax on wood panel
35 x 31 cm
£400



Swallows
Egg Tempera and Mixed Media on Gesso Panel
91 x 61 cms
£1200

Forest Path
Egg Tempera and Mixed Media on Gesso Panel
110 x 80cm
£1600

Marloes Sands
Oil and Cold Wax on canvas board
19 x 15cm
£225



Snowdon
Oil and Cold Wax on panel
45 x 30 cm
£450

Seascape II
Egg Tempera and Mixed Media on Gesso Panel
30 x 24 cm
£365

Mountain Light II
Egg Tempera and Mixed Media on Gesso Panel
40 x 27cm
£400



Three Cliffs Bay
Egg Tempera and Mixed Media on Gesso Panel
110x 80 cm
£1600

Misty River
Oil and Cold Wax on canvas board
33x 30 cm
£350

Sun over the mountain
Oil and Cold Wax on panel
30 x 24 cm
£350



Sunset, Woods
Oil and Cold Wax on canvas
30 x 15cm
£350

Street View
Oil and Cold Wax on canvas board
26 x 31 cm
£350

Snowdon III
Oil on canvas
60 x 65 cm
£800


 


     
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