For the month of January, the Library presents Il Classico Duo: Pencil Drawings by Remo Barone and Pen & Ink Drawings by John Kingston. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 5th, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Artist statement from John Kingston
I’ve been drawing all my life, but while the tools I use have changed, the desire to explore and see has not. Growing up in New England gave me an unlimited source of inspiration…from the people, to the landscape, to the architecture.
After attending art and photography school in Boston in the early 70s, I moved to Pearl River in 1979. My career began at Russ Berrie & Co. designing toys and gifts, then a short time in advertising for a major newspaper. I retired in 2012 from Pearson Education where I designed textbooks for grades 6-12.
Most of the drawings exhibited here were completed in the 70s. The photographs in the National Geographic magazine influenced many of my portraits.
Why pen & ink? Simple, it’s all in the details; the textures, the patterns, the character in those faces, the sharp contrasts of light and shadow, but most importantly…it’s in the eyes. I always render the eyes first, for if they are not perfect, I go no further, for the eyes are the entrance to the soul.
Artist Statement from Remo Barone
I was born in Italy in a small town about an hour from Rome, where my father was an ornamental ironworker. Our family came to America in 1955 when I was 18, and there I joined my father at the Florentine Craftsmen, a well-known wrought iron design company in Manhattan.
I was never formally trained in the arts, although I was able to take some classes here and there.
My art is the only way I can express my true feelings, I cannot express myself better than through my work. I am never more at peace than when I am creating, whether its pencil on paper or sculpting with copper. At times I may work on a piece undisturbed for weeks and then not touch it again for months.
Few understand that if the feeling is not right at that moment, the piece will never have the beauty that it deserves. What keeps me going is looking forward to future inspirations.