It’s a love affair that began in his grandfather’s workshop. When Adam Colangelo first experimented with scraps of copper during his formative years, he had no way of knowing that the medium would deeply impact his life. In the years since, Colangelo has found promise in this extremely versatile medium.
Colangelo’s large-scale compositions speak to his understanding of copper and his interests in challenging the way we view and interpret two-dimensional art. His process is methodical, laborious, and time consuming. By employing diverse techniques, Colangelo presents an array of patinas and finishes so rich in detail, each small segment of his compositions offers its own earthy abstraction.
Colangelo’s signature design elements present a fusion between the geometric and organic. His living, breathing landscapes simultaneously include visual references to the world, while being rooted in grid-like abstraction. The dynamic quality of his work is a nod to an existentialist belief that, like Colangelo’s self-discovered style, we are free to determine our own relationship to the external world.
Colangelo has exhibited works in Toronto, New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, and Tokyo. His work has been purchased for private and corporate collections in the United States and Canada.
Joseph graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1995 with a specialization in illustration from the commercial design department. After OCA, he began freelancing as an illustrator while continuing to paint. Painting quickly became his sole occupation. Joseph’s portfolio is comprised of a variety of scenic imagery, and is currently focused on waterscapes. Drawn to shorelines, beaches, lakes, oceans and streams, Joe uses water imagery to depict the dichotomy between movement and immobility. A detailed understanding of light’s ability to create color, shadow and tone is utilized to set mood in each painting. Whether the focus is cold, warm, tranquil or angry, waters’ magnificence strikes the viewer and an emotional response is evoked. This is due, in part, to the large scale of the work. From a distance, the viewer is drawn towards what appears to be a photograph. Upon closer inspection, brushstrokes are revealed and the observer is made aware of the meticulous layers of brushwork, resulting in the illusion that the viewer is still for an instant, at the waters’ edge.
Michael Toole is a long time resident of Mississauga, Ontario and an active member within his community. He is the son of an amateur photographer (father) and a painter (mother). After many years in the public service, photography/art has become his main focus. Given his parental influences, Michael tends to look for new and inventive ways to present his work. Whether that be combing different exposures or entirely different photographs to create a single compelling piece of art, his work continues to evolve. He is never satisfied with the act of simply recording information with the camera but is always looking at different methods of creating and presenting images so that the final products are truly unique. His images are presented on board with resin, on canvas, and on paper behind glass.