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Colette Calascione  New York, NY


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About Colette


Inspired by books and images of earlier eras, particularly the Victorian era, Calascione invents a world that is her own. Images of women and children in old photographs are transformed in the artist’s hands. She never literally copies a photo or its background. When she sees a figure she likes, her vision forms around it. Clothed figures in photographs are sometimes undressed by Calascione in her paintings, and placed in a mise-en-scene she creates. Rarely does the environment surrounding the figure come directly from a book or photo, as a ‘quote.”


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Have you ever painted an image based on Dia Los Muertas...I'd like to exhibit within the art center where I work in Oakland what you may have that pertains to this theme. The exhibit is scheduled for Tues. Oct. 19- through Tues. Nov. 30

The site is the City of Oakland Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, a performance center with an annex where art is exhibited.

An accomplished artist who uses symbolism in her lush surrealistic canvases. Spell binding powerful colorful imaginative images.

I can't believe people still paint like this

I don't know much about art but me thinks this is what it's all about!!@

Real Victorian paintings often included little bits of symbolism spread around to get a point across. These almost seem like a gorgeous surrealist parody of that convention.

your paintings have an obvious reference to the past yet, you have your own personal ideas with surrealism. I like it!

Me likey.

these are beautiful and full of imagination.

this is the first piece of art that i have ever looked at with genuine interest. I added this google gadget yesterday to see what kinda pics i would get, and i must say that i am impressed. good job painter girl. just wish i had a good explanation of the scenes from the artist pov.

Renaissance meets Alice in Wonderland. Like being caught between a romance novel and a dream.

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