I like to explore the figure and representational painting in general. By adding some slight distortion at times, it adds a bit of fun and creates a bit of a twist.
Thanks to an excellent Art School experience, I also thoroughly enjoy studying the Masters always trying to use each piece as a new lesson. The desire with each painting is to have a goal that may relate to mood, palette, light or expression. By looking at the way an artist used his/her palette or light and use of pattern, I am able to garner a small lesson from that and use it from that point onward. Now starting to evolve is a smoother blending of the representational with the quirky distortion, as well as an effort to create a deeper narrative with the work. The historical or “period” nature of the paintings lends itself to this style and reaches back to a seemingly simpler time. The theme resonates with casual observers and collectors alike. I often use vintage reference photos, live models, and imagination. The painting is then created on Masonite Panel or Canvas.
Currently I am represented at six galleries in the U.S.
Links to those galleries and more work can be seen at fredcalleri.com.