ABOUT PAUL BALDASSINI
As a professional designer, photographer, and digital image editor, 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 in design and composition, materials and technical competence that have earned him representation and commendations in esteemed settings and publications. 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.
Having had some traditional training, Paul considers himself a self-taught painter due to his total immersion into a highly self-motivated learning process outside the realm of formal instruction -- for the most part, self-taught. 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. His 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.
Paul’s sketchbook is a digital camera with a macro lens which he uses to create compelling compositions that combine rhythm & repetition with light and shadow effects. 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. Paul relies on a natural aptitude in design and composition, competence in photography, drawing and oil and watercolor painting, color theory and mixing, and digital image editing. He utilizes these 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 Paul paints these days are flowers, peonies and roses in particular. “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 command my attention while the blossoming of a flower triggers the sense that something miraculous is coming.”
The paintings Paul creates 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 his professional career of more than 40 years, Paul now uses digital technology to examine and edit, larger than life, the flowers he photographs. He spends hours exploring the design possibilities before putting brush to canvas. Whereas a still life painter seeks to capture an impression of a fleeting moment of light and time, Paul methodically seeks to reveal the intricacy and elegance of their design. Because of this, large works can take up to three months to complete -- the actual painting being mostly just technical competence.
SHOWINGS & COMMENDATIONS
• International Artist magazine February/March 2019 “Florals & Gardens” Challenge No. 109 2nd Place Award winner .
• 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 Finalist Award winner .
• 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.
OIL PAINTING TECHNIQUE
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