I decided to take a closer look at hands and a few textures on my recent monthly pilgrimage to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. By revisiting these works again and again, I find it very educational to periodically focus on a highly specific characteristic of image making and then seek out the various artistic interpretations of that theme. The pluralistic viewpoints discovered allow me to better comprehend what is lacking within my own goals for art creation, and at the same time, provide guidance how how to achieve those goals.
Below are a few shots of the paintings and works I passed by that caught my eye. Apologies for not picking out all the artists and titles on each of these, I tend not to read the placards and focus on the craft and understanding of the specific themes within the imagery of the art. The art, standing on its own, is what I am there for.
P.s. Irene Gallo, the Art Director of Tor Books and tor.com, happened to be at the Museum as well that night, but we never saw each other. Two ships passing in the night with similar motivations and interests!
Born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, Vermont, USA, art was always a hobby for Donato as a young man, he would steal away into the basement of his parents' home to work on drawings, create his own maps for the game Dungeons & Dragons, paint figurines, read comics, and construct model tanks and dinosaurs. His love of imaginative play dominated his childhood, both indoors and out. At the age of twenty Donato enrolled in his first formal art class, the beginning of his professional training. Immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 1992, Donato moved to New York City to immerse himself in the inspired and varied art scene. Formative years in the early nineties were spent as the studio assistant to the preeminent figure painter Vincent Desiderio, and long days of study in the museums of New York. It was then that his love and appreciation of classical figurative art took hold. He continues his training even now, visiting museums regularly, learning from and sometimes copying original paintings by Rembrandt or Rubens, attending life drawing sessions with illustrator friends and constantly challenges himself within each new project. Pilgrimages to major museums are his preferred reason to travel.
Over this past year Donato has released the revised hard cover compilation of his works on the theme of J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend from Dark Horse Comics.