Hello. I am a fine artist, designer and photographer, and digital image editing specialist.
Having had some traditional training, I consider myself a self-taught painter due to my total immersion into a highly self-motivated learning process outside the realm of formal instruction -- for the most part, self-taught. My technique is very similar to that of the old masters, a structured approach that utilizes a monochrome underpainting with direct overpainting and minimal glazing and scumbling.
My sketchbook is a digital camera with a macro lens which I use to try and create compelling compositions that combine movement, rhythm & repetition, light and shadow on form, balance chaos & harmony, and perceptual color. The tripartite nature of the process -- the object itself, the photograph of the object, and the translation of both into a painting -- goes beyond the mere copying of a static reference. I rely on natural aptitude in design and composition, competence in photography, drawing, the craft of oil painting, color theory and mixing, and digital image editing skills to produce an image that is at once detached from its source, yet captures it’s verisimilitude while defining an idiosyncratic painting style developed over many years.
Most of what I paint these days are flowers. I continue to be awed by the mathematics of repeating patterns underlying their beauty. Like so much of the natural world, flower blossoms grow and develop according to the mathematics of precise logarithmic spirals, increasing in size but never changing their shape, ever growing without ever changing proportions. Their color and variety make me feel good and command my attention while the blossoming of a flower triggers the sense that something special is coming.
The paintings I create are based on a composite of many images. Like much great art, they are a combination of fact and fiction. As a digital image editor for most of my professional career of more than 40 years, I now use digital technology to examine and edit, larger than life, the flowers I photograph. I spend a great deal of time exploring the design possibilities and getting things just right. Whereas a still life painter seeks to capture an impression of a fleeting moment of light and time, I methodically seek a perfection that reveals the intricacy and elegance of their design. Because of this, each work often takes up to three months to complete -- the actual painting being mostly just technical competence.
As a professional designer and graphic arts specialist, Paul Baldassini owned and managed Paul Baldassini Graphic Design for over 25 years in Boston’s Back Bay where his creative team provided graphic design and advertising services to a diverse range of clients including corporate, private and non-profit organizations. Paul has a reputation for producing quality products through a combination of originality, materials, technical competence, and attention to the nuances of design & composition, light and color that have earned him representation and commendations in esteemed settings and publications. Through his dedicated study of 16th and 17th century master painters, combined with his vast knowledge of modern painting techniques and digital tools, Paul attends to details that give his paintings a mannered, but nonetheless, arresting quality.
Paul has a BFA in Illustration/Graphic Arts from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, (NEWS). A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Paul, his wife and daughter reside in Middletown, Connecticut.
SHOWINGS & COMMENDATIONS
• International Artist magazine December/january 2017 “A Structured Approach” cover and 8-page article including demonstration.
• Pratique des Arts magazine Issue No. 134 June 2017 “Scenes of cafes that connect people” 4-page interview about the Café watercolors.
• International Artist magazine February/March 2015 “Florals & Gardens” Challenge No. 85 Award Winner Finalist.
• Artist’s magazine March 2015 “Over 60” Competition Award Winner Finalist.
• Wesleyan University — Zilkha Gallery “Art for Haiti” 6 paintings on display in group showing.
• Guild of Boston Artists, Newbury Street, Boston — Group show.
• Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, (NEWS).
• “The Face of America” Traveling show ,1994, Olde Forge, New York, which included entries by Andrew Wyeth, Philip Pearlstein, Red Grooms,
and Charles Reid among other nationally known artists.