Coming to the Huntsville Museum of Art is an exhibition by one of the best known and sought after science fiction artists of today. This name is Donato Giancola.
The exhibition runs from November 16, 2013 – January 19, 2014 at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama. The exhibition is entitled: DONATO GIANCOLA: FROM MIDDLE EARTH TO OUTER SPACE AND BEYOND.“Widely considered the most popular and successful sci-fi/fantasy illustrator working today, Donato Giancola balances modern concepts with realism in his paintings to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical art. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to Botticelli’s La Primivera, this exhibition will present the full range of the artist’s magical and highly engaging works.
From Middle Earth to Outer Space and Beyond will be divided into four thematic sections: mythological and contemporary realism; science fiction; fantasy paintings and Tolkien-inspired Middle Earth images; and astronauts and outer space. Especially for Huntsville and this exhibit, Giancola will create a new space-themed painting, which will also be on display.
Join artist Donato Giancola for a Gallery Walk and Reception
Sunday, November 17 • 2 p.m.
Reception hosted by the Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art
I have include an excerpt from his biography.“Born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, Vermont, USA, art was always a hobby for Donato. As a young man he would steal away into the basement of his parents’ home to work on drawings, create his own art for games, and construct model minatures. Love of imaginative play dominated his childhood, both indoors and out. At the age of twenty Donato enrolled in his first formal art class, the beginning of his professional training. His skills were further polished while attending Syracuse University from 1989-1992. Immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting, Donato moved to New York City to immerse himself in the inspired and varied art scene. Formative years in the early nineties were spent as the studio assistant to the preeminent figure painter Vincent Desiderio, and long days of study in the museums of New York. It was then that his love and appreciation of classical figurative art took hold. He continues his training, visiting museums and gallery exhibitions regularly, learning from and sometimes copying original paintings by Rembrandt or Rubens, attending life drawing sessions and constantly challenging himself within each new project. Pilgrimages to major museums are his preferred reason to travel.”