Digital artist Paul Pinzarrone creates complex images full of color, pattern and intrigue printed on high gloss aluminum. Learn more about this artist by visiting his website.
My background was pre-medicine chemistry, photography and classical piano starting in second grade. I played in a number of rock and roll bands, studied history and literature, and modeled for studio art classes. As I studied drawing, anatomy and painting, I began to see unlimited new horizons and directions. This I would find fascinating, energizing and challenging.
I leaned towards textureless airbrush work, spending many years spraying acrylic lacquers and bronzing powders on the back side of clear Plexiglas. To be “art” it had to be new. I leaned towards exploring new materials and new ways of working.
I pushed the imagery towards other-worldly abstract landscapes, sometimes looking more figurative, sometimes more spacecraft-like. My preference was for building layers of hints; there are mechanical parts, metallic finishes, internal organs, appendages, figurative parts and structures.
There has been a futuristic strain that has run in my work for years. Sometimes it looks as though the images are capable of flight; sometimes the bilateral symmetry suggests they are icons to be prayed to or celebrated.
The viewer is given no sense of scale, and has no idea if the images were microscopic or massive enough to be climbed inside of.
My work celebrates color without texture. These are snapshots of my ideal world—clean and intense, seductive yet scary, celebratory and playful.
My newest work includes photographic figurative elements. They add a sense of scale as I use the human form as my canvas. My figures are anonymous seductive females, expressionless and looking away from the viewer. These are my updated versions of sixteenth and seventeenth century artworks.
In Girl with a Non Pearl Earring with Trees, I rotated Vermeer’s girl with a pearl earring so that we see what she is looking at [bilaterally symmetrical trees] and tattooed her skin with fractal patterns. It is a puzzle rendered in high resolution so that the viewer is not sure how much is real.
Rebirth of Venus depicts a modest, rotated, purple-fractal-painted Venus in front of a symmetrical sci-fi altar. Depth of field is reversed so the viewer tries to solve the puzzle as to why Venus is soft but the background she is looking towards is sharp.
My most recent work includes Seated Libyan Sibyl Green that is a modest, updated version of what Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Pink Isabella D Este is my version of this important female of the Renaissance. I am pushing the work now toward these complex puzzles, photographic, detailed and abstracted. The viewer is confronted and challenged with high-color fractal-tattooed figures in rich, colorful celebrations.
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