Castellana to Exhibit Work and Deliver Lecture on His 40 Years of Painting
MADISON, NJ (October 13, 2006) – Dr. Richard Castellana, Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts and Director of Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has been painting for nearly forty years. His art will be on display in the exhibit “Selected Paintings: 1960’s – Present” from November 12 – December 17 on the second floor of Weiner Library and he will give a lecture entitled “On My Work” in the Weiner Library Auditorium on November 19 at 2 p.m.
Castellana will speak about the evolution of his work, his influences, and respond to questions.
“Most are intimate still-life paintings in quiet, subdued colors,” Castellana said of his early work. “If they are about anything, they are about my feelings about the objects before me, their relationships, the light falling on them, and the shadows they cast on the surfaces and objects around them. In the 80’s and early 90’s the paintings were more the product of imagination than observation. The colors became bolder.”
Castellana is a member of the Street Painters, a group of artists who paint the sights and sounds of New York City. He also is an associate member of the Bowery Gallery, where he has had four one-person shows. Castellana has been the recipient of grants from Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland. He credits these grants with allowing him the time and freedom to produce many of the large paintings in this exhibit.
The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.