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Studio Visit: Claude Carone

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
courtesy John Davis gallery

image courtesy of John Davis Gallery, Hudson NY

I met Claude for the first time at the opening of North of New York: The New York School Generation in the Hudson Valley Region . His father, Nicolas, is in the Kleinert exhibiton as he is an early New York School Abstract Expressionist and is part of the New York School circle that also maintained a studio in the Catskills.  I am always intrigued to see the artwork of painter- families like Orazio and his daughter Artemisia Gentileschi,  Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Domenico, or Sir Terry Frost and his two sons, Adrian and Anthony.  It is a natural progression as painting is in essence an apprenticeship best learned as an immersion experience and what can be more total than a child growing up in a parent’s studio?  But although there may be similiar themes as parents and children live in the same century and share the same temporal cultural vibe, the soul is often very different because of person and experience.

The paintings of Claude Carone, like his father’s, are abstract but the similarity ends there.   While Nicolas seems to embrace the freshness of post-war America (New York City in particular), Claude evokes a timeless Italian classicism.  Looking at his work, I felt the same kind of environmental honing that is only produced by centuries of living in the same place: the continual perfecting of the land by plowing, planting and building only to be torn down again by war or weather and re-asserted in a more precise way again and again.  The result is a perfect balance of what is and what was and a vitality that is charged by the interchangeability between a form and its space.  Some  paintings have a measured pace in the calm breathing of large gently tumbling forms,  and some a more panting excitement as color ricochets off one edge onto another – either way, there is never an awkward imbalance or irritable inconsistency but always a rational resolution between shapes and a comforting energy generated by a true love of pigment.

Claude Carone Studio

Claude Carone's Studio

Claude will be showing in “Another Circle” at the Emerson Resort opening Friday, June 4, 5-9 thru Sunday, June 28th