Sunday, August 25, 2013

Marc Dalessio's Sag Harbor

I attended the opening of Marc Dalessio's solo show at Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor this weekend. The energy was high as collectors and fans of Dalessio's work were able to shake his hand and have a few congratulatory words. Marc has been calling Zagreb his home. His East End friends were excited to have him back among them.
Laura Grenning and Marc Dalessio
Dalessio painted a number of the show's pieces en plein air in Sag Harbor and the surrounding area. Marc must have painted right up to the day of the show as a few of the pieces were propped up unframed on a shelf with the sign, "Still Wet. Please ask for assistance".
Sailboats, Sag Harbor. 8 x 12 in, oil on linen.

Sunset on Gibson Beach. 8 x 12 in, oil on linen.

Early Morning, Main Street. 10 x 14 in, oil on panel.
Main Street, Sag Harbor. 8 x 12 in, oil on panel
The IGA, Sag Harbor. 12 x 8 in, oil on panel.
The Municipal Building, Sag Harbor. 10 x 14 in, oil on panel.
photo of Marc at work from here
Scaffolding on the Old Watch Factory, Sag Harbor 8 x 12 in, oil on linen.
Marc Dalessio (b.1972) "a gifted draftsman, has been painting full time since he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of California in Santa Cruz in 1992. He majored in biology and art. Dalessio moved to Florence and studied at the Il Bisonte International School of Graphic Arts where he earned his masters in printmaking. For many years he also studied and taught at the the Charles Cecil Academy and more recently taught at the Florence Academy of Art. Delassio lives in Zagreb with his wife and dog, yet spends much of the year traveling and painting en plein air. He has also been painting on the East End of Long Island since 2000. Dalessio is one of the anchor painters of the Classical Painting Movement, as a teacher and a painter, as well as the foremost blogger on this subject." - bio. from Grenning Gallery
"The Terrace in Dubrovnik" is one of the anchor pieces of the show. This beautiful piece demonstrates how Dalessio constantly shows us the extraordinary in the ordinary by capturing a moment in time and memorializing it gloriously in paint.
The Terrace in Dubrovnik 47 x 59 inches, oil on linen 
I was excited to see this piece.
Coffee after the Wedding 10 x 14 inches, oil on linen
I had seen a photograph of the painting above on Dalessio's wonderful blog. One of his posts described a wedding of friends that he attended as their "Wedding Painter" instead of wedding photographer. The painting "Coffee after the Wedding" was one of these.  I am in awe of his enthusiasm and creativity.
"Woman Under An Olive Tree" 43.5 x 35.4 inches, oil on canvas
 Dalessio also describes the process of creating this gorgeous en plein air portrait of his wife on his blog here.
Plein air portraiture in the Tuscan countryside.
Marc is a great instructor too.

The Marc Dalessio show is a must see before getting out of town.

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