Bill Lowe Gallery celebrates summer with a two-person exhibition by Fabio Modica and
Both artists revel
in nature’s impact
on our creative
spirit through a
rich process of
luminous surface and
to prod our memory
and imagination. The
viewer will be
mesmerized by the highly saturated and deeply impastoed visages portrayed by Fabio Modia. Claire Begheyn’s baroque wall sculptures, composed of ornate seashells densely layered in elaborate period frames, call to mind the splendor of the organic universe.
Fabio Modica is an Italian painter whose first love was Renaissance representational styles. But after a mentorship with expressionist painter Antonio Santacroce and a journey through Mexico, he developed his signature portraits. His work is characterized by a piercing, enigmatic quality achieved by a spur-of-the-moment technique that employs thickly textured paint applied with a palette knife. Modica’s paintings act as a portal through which the mesmerizing visages of entities so dreamlike they seem as deities gazing up upon us with a seductive and compelling spontaneity.
sea shells, flowing across architectural antiquities, embrace the organic in every way. The beauty of these shells, constructed by the vulnerable creatures that created them as their home, is expressed in the progression of each piece. Balanced but not perfectly symmetrical, the works echo the harmony and eccentricity of nature’s display.
Begheyn pairs this natural beauty with the ornate opulence of rococo styled wooden features that emulate nature with stylized leaves and organic shapes. The word “rococo” is, in fact, a blending of the Italian word for stone and the French word for shell. Begheyn does not shy away from the idea that her pieces are ornamental and decorative but trusts in the virtue of the shell itself and her deep intuition to evoke notions of home, protection, beauty and elegance.