Tony Luciani may have been born and raised in Toronto, but he moved to Harriston early in his artistic career. With the more relaxed atmosphere he found rural communities opened up a new dimension to his painting.
Now living in Durham, Luciani hosted an opening reception at the Wellington County Museum and Archives on April 13 as a prelude to the exhibit “The Art of Tony Luciani”.
The artist “wants the viewer to be drawn into his work and be captured by the detail. Subject matter is less important than the mood and feeling which both come from within me.” states Luciani.
Sixty interpretive paintings grace the walls of the exhibit hall in addition to the renowned life-sized
“Welcome” piece which is a permanent fixture on the end of the corridor wall where you come through the main museum entrance.
A recurrent theme in one series is a half mannequin, obvious or hidden, among the details in a painting. While this does not indicate the artist is obsessed with nudity, it reveals a clever way of incorporating the bold among the beautiful. For those not familiar with Tony’s background, a good move would be to search his website before visiting the gallery. It might then be easier to wrap yourself in the mood and understanding of some paintings.
The Tower series is quite interesting, with piles of chairs, clay flower pots, or hats at the centre of attention.
The “Music Workshop” displays wonderful attention to detail and can now be regarded as a tribute to the late Ernie King.
“Contemplation” was a special highlight which had just returned from the city as one of the 30 finalist pieces chosen for the prestigious 2011 Kingston Prize For Portraiture award.
If you can view a display like this and one piece (hopefully several) “speaks” to you – then the artist has been successful. For me, that would be “Silent Wind” a red brick country church backed by the majestic white wind turbines.
Tony Luciani was one of the initial forces behind organizing the Minto Arts Council. Many of his local supporters and former students were in attendance for the reception and show.
Luciani shared a moment with special friend Maxine Heise. Not only is she a fan of his work – but he of hers …..Heise was the Obstetrics Nurse years ago at Palmerston Hospital and was the first person to hold his brand new baby girl.
“The Art of Tony Luciani” will be featured at the WCM & Archives at Elora until Sunday, June 3.