'Drama of Light' fashioned in Flemish tradition
"The Drama of Light," featuring the work of classical Flemish painter and Greenwich resident Peter Arguimbau, opens at the Geary Gallery of Darien on Saturday, June 1, and runs through the month.
"We're thrilled to once again showcase Argiumbau's latest works," said Tom Gleary, owner of the gallery. "He is truly an artist of our generation to watch for in the art world, as it is apparent he is rapidly approaching `tier one' status."
Born in Darien, Arguimbau is a classical artist who has specialized in the Flemish painting tradition for more than 40 years. These techniques were developed from years spent re-creating the Luminist tradition of the Dutch guilds in the Golden Age of painting.
He first learned to paint at age 8 when he spent hours watching his father, Vincent, a portrait painter, in his studio in Darien. His formal art training included an internship with restorer Pierro Manonni, and he trained at the Instituto del Restauro in Rome under Cesere Brandi, where for 10 years they replicated painting media from 15th- and 16th-century manuscripts.
After 20 years working with Maroger oil painting media with dastardly results -- the paint darkened and was darkening and tacky as a result of mastic -- Arguimbau formulated his own gel medium using harder resins ground from powders. Primarily using raw materials, Arguimbau has been able to maintain a signature, consistent quality.
Like the work of the Flemish Masters, Arguimbau's paintings have an extreme, yet timeless, luminist quality. At his specially designed studio in Greenwich -- an 1850s chestnut barn -- the north wall is all windows covered with shutters to control the amount and direction of the light. He modeled this light technique after the studios of the Dutch masters to get his luminist effects.
Arguimbau is now assembling his book, "The Invention of Oil Painting from the Renaissance to the Present." He also teaches painting courses at his Greenwich studio.
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The gallery, 576 Boston Post Road, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For information, call 203-655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.