Sunday, January 11, 2015

Painting and Poetry

Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso "Self-Portrait, Painting and Poetry" 2014
Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso is a wonderfully inventive and lyrical painter. This piece's very direct gaze combined with the gold leafing caught my eye, I asked the artist about the piece's title, which also intrigued me. Delosso responded, "If you look carefully you will notice the word "poesia" collaged into the background behind my head, copied from an an original poem written by my great grandfather. I believe the poem was written about 1929. I wanted to create tension between my brush and the written word: instead of writing I am using my brush the same way a poet uses his or her pencil." Delosso loves writing, and her abundant artistic energy comes to her at least partially through natural inheritance. Her father was a painter and not only was her great-grandfather a poet, but so was one of her grandmothers, and one of her cousins, Karina Galvez, is also a poet, of international recognition. 

Dellosso (b.1968) is a native New Yorker, and she studied her craft at several of that city's finest schools including NYU, the School of Visual Arts, The Art Students' League and the National Academy. She has won numerous awards and honors and is represented by the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, FL. The artist's website is: