Tony Calzetta’s distinctive language of bold, simplified forms blend color, texture and lines to create works that challenge the imagination. Toronto’s De Luca Fine Art has a new collection of his large-scale canvasses and drawings on exhibition.
“It was Paul Klee who wrote of taking a line for a walk to see where it would go. In the same spirit, Calzetta invites his lines to spin, zoom, fly, gesticulate and toddle.” -From an essay about the artist, by Kate Regan
Calzetta says his work is about drawing, composed of shapes and forms, that can be viewed as “abstract funnies” or “surreal cartoons,” which fit somewhere between high art and popular culture. He leaves it up to the viewer to interpret his art.
In 2011, works exhibited at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto were part of the Padiglione Italia at the 54 th International Venice Biennale. He was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2004.
Tony Calzetta’s website, here.
Yes, I had a mixed reaction at first, but then when I gazed a bit, boffo. Thank you.
I think children would love these!
That’s an excellent point. Easy to absorb, but brilliantly executed to show what art can be. Love the idea.