Tony Pinto’s dynamic portraits are an homage to LA’s burgeoning art scene
For his residency and solo exhibition Artist Seen at Shoebox Projects at the Brewery, LA artist Tony Pinto will create a series of portraits of artists, gallerists, curators, critics and writers— people he considers his tribe — as they share his values and interests in art. He sees the creation of this body of work as a chance to document these important relationships and it reinforces his sense of connection and belonging to the art community.
Pinto begins with photographs. Sometimes he asks his subjects to pose, other times he snaps a candid image. Each photograph is then transformed into a large scale oil painting. Pinto isolates and carefully cuts the shape of the head from the wooden panel transforming the works into quasi sculptures. Each portrait has a unique shape that is derived from the specificities of the subject’s head. Pinto is an accomplished painter who finesses his expressive brush strokes to create realistic representations. For example the portrait of Jane Magdalena Bauman includes a bit of neck whereas the image of Andi Campognone is closely cropped so the shape is defined by her blond hair and slightly protruding chin. Each painting captures the essence of the sitter and together the disembodied images become a compelling portrait of the local art community.
“Artist Seen” Artist Residency and Solo Exhibition
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA CA 90031
Residency from 3-21 to 4-30 On view to the public during the Brewery Artwalk 4-29 to 4-30