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December Gallery at the Garden: “Selections – Paintings and Pastels by Ralph DeAnna, 1990-2010”
25 December, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 29 December, 2017 @ 5:00 pmfree
Ralph DeAnna has lived and painted in Brattleboro since 1988. He has worked in many genres, landscape, still-life, and portrait, and has even invented his own genre, time paintings, which often includes people, cars, and cityscapes seen at night.
His current exhibit at River Garden, Ralph DeAnna: 1990-2010, features work with a variety of approaches and subject matter, an overview of twenty years of experimentation and growth.
DeAnna says, “What pleases me most is seeing how much I learned from the tradition of painting and drawing, and how I applied those lessons to my own style and subject matter.”
Ralph DeAnna was born in NYC in 1952 and grew up in Washington, D.C. His father, Peter DeAnna, was a local artist and worked as an illustrator at the Smithsonian Institution. Ralph attended art schools in Philadelphia, and graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1974. After graduating, he returned to Washington and continued his art education, taking classes in landscape painting, which became his favorite genre. In 1988, Ralph moved to Brattleboro. In 1989, he had a one-person show at Landmark College, and he helped found and became a charter member of Windham Art Gallery (WAG), an artist cooperative. During the ‘90s he often exhibited at WAG, and helped curate shows by other local artists. DeAnna organized and ran a weekly figure drawing group at WAG that ran for 18 years. During this period, he also exhibited at Stratton Art Festival, Haystack Art on the Mountain, Gallery Northstar, and Southern Vermont Arts Center, as well as Studio Gallery in Washington, D.C.
In 2005, DeAnna began to experiment with how to depict the passage of time in a painting. These early time paintings were exhibited first at Parker Gallery in D.C., then at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in a show titled “Time and Motion.” His one-person show in May of this year, at 118 Eliot, entitled “Ralph DeAnna: The Reflective Eye,” featured the most recent works in his time series. The current show, “Selections”, includes work from several stages of DeAnna’s career.