Still lifes bring spring to Brunelli gallery

Reviewed by Matthew Pitcher

The Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts gallery in downtown Binghamton never disappoints. At the March 4 opening of Joseph Daily’s “Florals & Still Lifes,” I was blown away by the artist’s style and composition. Gallery director John Brunelli certainly picked the perfect time to display these lively floral designs as we enter the spring season. Seeing these magnificent artworks can bring joy to anyone’s day

In biographical information at the exhibit, Daily pointed out that, although his professional focus is portraiture, he needs the occasional escape from the studio and from working from photographs. Painting nature is a great way for him to get into the season’s blessings.

Each one of Daily’s oil paintings appeared perfectly staged with no loose ends. His style is delicate but precise, giving a natural feeling to each work of art.

Pink Spray RosesMy favorite piece was “Pink Spray Roses.” These roses popped out of the frame. With a great use of perspective and swirling background, Daily created an illusion that pushes the petals of the roses straight toward the viewer. His roses seemed so real that a knowledge of botany must have been needed. This wasn’t a photo-realistic quality, though, like an Anthony Brunelli painting, but real enough to deceive a viewer. Daily’s passion was evident in his artwork, showcasing flowers in their most striking state.

 

Harvest ThanksgivingEach floral design led us viewers on through the exhibit until we reached the masterful “Harvest Thanksgiving.” Time seemed to stand still as we gazed upon this seasonal still life exploding with sensual pleasures.

Crisp apples in a wicker basket. A plethora of potatoes rolling out of a burlap bag. A pumpkin centerpiece balancing the surrounding natural gifts. The elements were staged precisely to please the eye, while the crimson cloth backdrop brought the piece together.

Cheerful energies run through this show. I would recommend it to anyone — you won’t be disappointed.

IF YOU GO: The exhibit runs through April 1, with a closing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. that day at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, 186 State St., Binghamton. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays (and Monday through Friday by appointment). Details: Visit www.anthonybrunelli.com/exhibitions.php.

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