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I start my abstracts in the same manner I start my figurative or any of my other paintings. The colors I use built up in layers, the movements build up into currents and waves to allow the painting to be alive. If layer interrupts the previence layer of the paintings so it chaotically starts to take up the characteristics of landscapes and slices of land masses. This allows us to be a part of a world of movement and this outside of this world.
My figurative and allegorical paintings stay inline with my abstracts. This series is highly inspired by the Baroque period, painters like Rembrandt have created a sense of light and darkness, an interpretation of life through their eyes. I've turned this concept inside out and backwards to be able to create dimensions, depth and tension. By still using layers, I develop something outer worldly. I try to articulate the composition through my eyes with the layers, when something starts to make sense and when the image starts to appear, I add a layer to create emotion. You get a reaction when the painting is close to you, when it seems to be jumping off the canvas. Even with all this chaos it still gives a sense of calm, because when you get up close you realize in between the architecture and the geometry, the figures are dancing.
This series is about color. I utilize geometric structure to tell a story about color. This is a structure used by classical artists like Manet, Cezanne, and Gauguin. This is my opportunity to tell a story about color and fragments of symbols with a relatable subject. This series has high texture and bold coloration to create a painting that seems to be coming off the canvas.
The god series is something that came to me years ago. I start to think about the world we live in, I start to think about the environment and poverty and how things just seem to be getting worse instead of better. The binary and different subject matters seem to overlap creating different narratives that just don't seem to align and it creates a drama like a Shakespearean tragedy. I always use God backwards and forwards because it cradles all our beliefs and trust in a higher power. I try to depict What can be the start of an age where we can communicate as one. This series is about understanding, it is about letting go of all the toxic things we’ve created in the world.
Portraits are an opportunity for me. I create portraits of people that make a difference and have propelled one way or another a positive message. Whether it be from the past or present where we stand now. My portraits are of people that leave messages so we can use them in the future and I help them leave their message.
This series is a record of the events propelling our history, the upheavals and the triumphs that show us a path. With these events we are able to balance and weigh out the future of the planet and how subjective our past has really been and how we need to move forwards on how to change the world.
The originals – reportedly worth as much as $1 billion collectively – include century-old works by Rembrandt, Degas, Manet and Vermeer. Among them is Vermeers' 1664 painting "The Concert," which is one of only 34 known works by the Dutch painter; a rare Rembrandt self-portrait from 1634; Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," which is the Dutch master's only known seascape; French modernist Manet's "Chez Tortoni" (1878); five sketches by Degas; and an ancient Chinese Gu from the Shang dynasty in the 1200s. The works were all purchased in the late 1800s and early 1900s by Gardner, a prominent philanthropist and art collector, and were stolen during an infamous heist in which two men posing as police officers broke in, tied up security guards and stole the art. “I had studied all these paintings at the Gardner Museum,” said DeCunto. “I thought it would be a tribute, so I thought I would do something that would be contemporary. ”The paintings are somewhat faithful to the original but with a healthy dose of Decunto’s own artistic flourishes. “I’m an artist. I have my own signature. I thought it was important to me to pay homage to that,” he said.