Rhode Island Artist Has Found His Place in History
Whether he is exhibiting on Federal Hill’s Gallery Z in Providence, painting a landmark from his studio in the historic Fleur-de-Lys building (at the Providence Art Club), or touring the East Side eyeing his next project, artist Anthony Tomaselli is perhaps the most well-known painter of light as it rises and sets on the biggest little city in the nation.
Tomaselli has remarkable talent, and it shows in his collection of vistas of Rhode Island’s streets, hillsides, and the shore.
He is expert in capturing the shadows and highlights that lurk around us but are often wasted on busy eyes. Amazingly, one cannot stray from the opulence and depth of his delivery to the palate.
Known for commemorating the state’s most favored sites and noteworthy events, Tomaselli shares the feeling of being on site—just as he was when the moment sparked his interest to paint the image in his mind, then to handily transport his view to paper or canvas.
Landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes—if it moves him, he’s determined to corral the moment in time. His loose or “soft-technique” captures details but doesn’t infringe or infuse his interpretation of the subject; instead, he leaves something to be pondered by his audience.
Moody yet transparent—how else can you describe this work?
Through his bold and extravagant use of color, it’s obvious Tomaselli isn’t afraid to experiment. While his wide body of work has similarities, he can take different paths to achieve his objectives, leaving some to wonder why his art doesn’t always appear to be produced by the same artist.
“Good” is the flip answer to those who would challenge his depth and skill; how boring it would be if we could predict what will next appear on his easel.
Unique to his style is the ability to instill comfort through an effort to make time stand still; even if for just a moment, we can reflect on the scene and enjoy its essential elements.
The greatest skill of an expert is when they can make others believe their talent is simplistic and effortless. While some may view his work incorrectly, without doubt, the experience he creates is the deciding factor as to how Tomaselli distances himself from others who would imitate his master-type quality.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, he has lived in New England almost his entire life. A graduate of Rhode Island College in 1976 with a painting degree, he studied architecture at The Boston Architectural Center and has a painting studio at RI College named in his honor.
Anthony is active in almost every RI arts organization and continues to share his pride for the state.
Quite noticeably, Tomaselli is focused on painting moments and not people; could this be the reason we have the urge to inject ourselves into his work and be part of the scene? Many of us have “been there and done that,” but here is an artist who paid attention to our routines and has brought them full circle.
His motto is inspiring: “As long as God would like, I will continue to paint and enjoy my days’ journeys with [my beloved wife] Tina.”
A journey is what this native-born Rhode Islander is experiencing, and lucky we are that he shares his passion for the Ocean State.
To enjoy more of Tomaselli’s talent, visit AnthonyTomaselli.com.
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