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PROCESSION Oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″, framed by the artist

A band of musicians celebrate their West African-Gullah heritage as the Carolina sun powers their revelry. They lead the festivities at a Gullah celebration along the waterfront in Charleston. For me the painting, as with much of my Gullah series, is about freedom and identity. A culture oppressed by slavery and displaced from their ancestral home, are engaged in a centuries long struggle for freedom and identity. Their struggle is our struggle. We as individual humans are on our own private struggle for freedom and identity, which in many ways are inventions of the mind.

Continued. . .

processionTo overcome oppression we inevitably must render it powerless by surrendering to it. We celebrate the joyous place in ourselves that knows nothing of oppression. It is the part of ourselves that connects with the whole of humanity and recognizes we are part of something larger than ourselves. This band of "warriors" are "fighting" on behalf of this benign oneness.

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Original Painting by Robert Maniscalco, Giclee – archival inks, stretch on canvas, Artists Proof (AP) – archival inks and paper

1 review for Procession

  1. Donald Cronkhite

    Review of “Procession” and my solo show, “Quench,” at the Grosse Pointe Art Center (GP War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Blvd) January 13 to March 26 2022, by Donald Cronkhite:

    “Robert’s overall painting style is based on alla prima, in which paint is applied wet-on-wet, rather than waiting for previous layers to dry. This representative style of painting allows him to paint at a faster pace, usually in one sitting, while still retaining the modeling and appearance of his figures through the juxtaposition of color values, color intensity, and the use of light. Notice in this example, the rich cool colors in the background complement the warm pinks worn by the figure in the foreground. Robert expresses mood through the suggestion of details in some places, while leaving out those that are unnecessary and direct the eye throughout the composition. This device is also used to convey depth, as the details in the foreground are much sharper and more colorful than the suggested buildings on the shoreline across the water. Another tool for moving the eye is directional brushstrokes. In Procession, we see the brush strokes of the clothing and the water all leading to the central figure, also indicative of movement and wind.”
    Thanks Donald Cronkhite
    Procession – Maniscalco Gallery
    A band of musicians celebrate their West African-Gullah heritage as the Carolina sun powers their revelry.

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