THE DIRECTED ART MODERN (DAM) PRESENTS: FIGURATIVE FUTURES A TWO MAN SHOW -
CARLOS RANCANO & THOMAS DONALDSON
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at THE DAM Gallery
Double Head Study 11/22/18, Thomas Donaldson Awake to Myself, Carlos Rancano
The Future of Figurative Painting - with Miami born Artist Carlos Rancano and British Painter Thomas Donaldson -
Present a Fresh Approach to a Classic Genre of Painting.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(MIAMI, FL - April 11, 2019) -- The Directed Art Modern (DAM) is pleased to present Figurative Futures: A Two Man Show by Carlos Rancano & Thomas Donaldson. Inspired by the exploration of figurative art - Figurative Futures is the juxtaposition of two very different artists in Rancano and Donaldson placed together to represent the future of figurative portrait painting.
The DAM Gallery in Miami’s Little River district will host an opening reception, Thursday, April 18th, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Figurative Futures marks the first-ever 2-Man Show for the celebrated emerging artists Carlos Rancano and Thomas Donaldson. The collection of painted works (oil on canvas & oil on paper) represent two very different techniques and philosophies - it is this difference, as seen exhibited together that personifies DAM’s vision for the future of figurative painting.
The Directed Art Modern’s Figurative Futures is a collaborative collective where the artist’s individual viewpoints and techniques come together under The DAM’S curated eye. Where Rancano is interested in telling stories, Donaldson is interested in form.
Artist Carlos Rancano describes “My work stands as a contradiction both in a literal sense and figuratively. A painting could be saturated with bright colors while it’s subject matter be dark in its tone”.
In stark contrast painter Thomas Donaldson explains “I paint to find things lost between the obvious; to explore the relationship between culture and nature”.
Born from Cuban/Panamanian parents, Carlos Rancano is self-taught, and currently lives and works in Miami, FL. Rancano pays homage to Classical World practices with an untrained eye and a refreshingly modern approach to traditional symbolism and technique. In Figurative Futures - Rancano deftly applies paint to each piece, placing his subjects in every-day settings surrounded by symbolic animals and insects. More often than not it is these symbolic animals or insects that tell the true story - derived from the primary subject form(s) depicted.
The other half of The DAM’s Figurative Futures 2-Man Show is British-born painter Thomas Donaldson, currently living and working in Asia. Donaldson interprets the human form in his own vocabulary and through his application of paint and use of color. Working in oil, he creates the form and through his color choice and application he draws the viewer in to what he finds the be the emotional depth - the visceral reality of existence.
Valeray Francisco, Co-Founder/Curator of The Directed Art Modern explains “We selected Rancano & Donaldson for the Figurative Futures 2 Man Show as both artists present Classical practices of figurative painting in an unorthodox and imaginative way; and in doing so collectively - Rancano & Donaldson represent a cutting-edge new direction for the future of figurative painting, and in this Figurative Futures was born”.
Francisco’s Co-Founder/Director at The Directed Art Modern - Melanie Prapopoulos adds “We believe very strongly in the work of these talented emerging artists; we revere their fresh approach and innovative direction to this classical genre. Valeray and I are thrilled to present Figurative Futures by Rancano & Donaldson and pleased to have them in The DAM family of artists”.
It is through The DAM’s unwavering commitment to supporting emerging artists that co-founders Prapopoulos and Francisco, have taken today’s ever-stagnant model of the traditional vanity gallery and turned it on its side - to create something entirely new and unprecedented with The DAM. The Directed Art Modern serves as a 360’ service to and for artists at all levels in their careers. The DAM is able to not only encourage the artist but is also able to negotiate artist terms and navigate the labyrinth of today’s modern art market seeking only the best opportunities for the artist to move forward in his/her career. Thus, providing each DAM artist with a creative sanctum and leaving the artist to be concerned with nothing but his/her artistic vision and exploration.
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Graduating from MIU with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. He then started his career in Advertising. It was the strict rules of design that gave way to his paintings. The free spirit that lives in his work is a direct response to the more simplistic approach to Graphic Design.
About Thomas Donaldson | www.thedirectedartmodern.com/thomas-donaldson
English painter living and working in Asia. Donaldson graduated from Bradford & Ilkley College of Art with a BA Fine Art 1995-1998 and received an MFA Painting from Newcastle University 1998-2000. He has received many commissions and exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. A dedicated lecturer, Donaldson has held various academic positions in the UK and Asia.
About The Directed Art Modern (DAM) | www.thedirectedartmodern.com
The Mission of The Directed Art Modern is to Keep Art For Artsake. The Directed Art Modern is to be a service to and for artists in all levels of their careers, this includes exhibitions management, and opening doors to not only collectors, but also to the public, in general.
To facilitate this, The DAM is a melding of individuals from the art world – an artist, and a
curator bringing 27 years of art market experience and by combining these aspects The DAM is able to cover a myriad of topics relating to the career of the artist. With this combination The DAM is able to not only encourage the artist but is also able to negotiate terms for the artist and navigate the labyrinth of today’s modern art market seeking the best opportunities for the artist to move forward in his/her career, thus leaving the artist to be concerned with nothing but his/her artistic vision.
With the ever-increasing prices of exhibiting in the modern art market The DAM believes that the art market should be taken back from the vanity trend and returned to the realm of reward for one’s creativity – to do this The DAM will explore not only traditional modes of exhibition, but also innovative locations. Lastly, The DAM’s entire modus operandi is to protect art, the artist, to keep them in the realm of their art and vision, to keep the artist away from the tag of being a money-making entity – to keep art for art’s sake.