Haynes Galleries presents
“Vincent Giarrano: Life in the City—
Paintings, Drawings & Sketches”
July 2 to August 8 2015
Reception: Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 pm, July 2, 2015

THOMASTON— Contemporary Realist Vincent Giarrano's new solo show “Vincent Giarrano: Life in the City” will set the stage for the 2015 season at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston. The exhibition will present a variety of scenes from daily urban life, captured intimately and with a discerning eye. It opens July 2 and continues through August 8 at 91 Main Street in Thomaston, with an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 pm on the evening of July 2. The show is also presented in conjunction with “Roger Dale Brown: Maine Light.” Both exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The upcoming show is a perfect fit to open the summer season at Haynes Galleries. At the heart of Giarrano’s work are seemingly ordinary moments from everyday life in New York City that appeal on an emotional level. Giarrano sees the natural, simple narratives in scenes like a woman locking up her shop for the night or indulging in an afternoon nap and captures them on canvas.

While he currently lives in rural Connecticut, Giarrano is a former NYC resident and has a profound understanding of the city’s appeal, its energy, and its quieter side. He tries to capture his subjects during those quieter moments when he believes they have let their guard down. He sets his figures in their own homes & neighborhoods and surrounds them with their own belongings. “I don’t manipulate the environment too much. I like to paint their things— they speak volumes about the person,” says Giarrano.

Even with his careful attention to his subjects’ personalities, Giarrano doesn’t consider his images traditional portraits. He describes them more as a combination of portrait and genre scenes, akin to Andrew Wyeth’s iconic work. “I enjoy when the painting isn’t about that person per se, but about the human condition,” he says. “There’s a power to these moments that speak of something larger.”

Yet Giarrano’s scenes also carry a voyeuristic quality. Looking off into the distance or with backs turned, figures often appear unaware of the artist’s or viewer’s presence. Everyday tasks rarely go unseen by others in the city but Giarrano focuses them through an artistic lens.

The work featured in his upcoming show also focuses on how his paintings evolve. “This group is about the process of painting, from beginning to end,” says the artist. “There are preparatory sketches and oil studies that will show the progression of the paintings’ compositions.” Viewers will be able to share in Giarrano’s train of thought through his new work. 

The paintings, drawings and sketches in Haynes Galleries’ show will welcome a brand new exciting summer in Maine and reintroduce Vincent Giarrano’s stunning scenes, captured with visceral realness, to art lovers all over Maine.