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Sep 3, 2014
Artist Bruno Capolongo
Heaven and Earth
I am a visual artist (based in Ontario, Canada) from working in
various genres and mediums including acrylic, oil, encaustic, mixed and dry
media. Aestheticism is a driving force that undergirds most all of my
work, though my Christian worldview is the filter and compass that guides - and
at times restrains – me with respect to content; this in no way should be
considered a negative force, but rather liberating, since aesthetically driven
artists can easily fall prey to their own sensual passions, their works then
falling short of celebrating the higher values of life.
As an independent artist I am relatively
free to pursue work which is of true personal interest. Nevertheless I do make
a living from my work and maintain relationships with fine galleries in the USA
and Canada that represent me and sell most of my originals. For a full
complement of work see BrunoCapolongo.com.
Custom sized reproductions and merchandise are also available through FineArtAmerica.com
My travels usually involve the study of art
in the original and often in their original settings, be it in museums,
palaces, galleries and/or churches in North America or Italy. After my most
recent two trips to Italy – both in 2011 – I have ventured into the world of
fine art murals, being much influenced by the study of grand frescoes from the
south to northern of Italy. Some of my murals and related urban and
architectural works can be viewed at gimurals.com
Currently I am a catechumen of the Orthodox
Church, having begun my journey in 2011, which was accelerated by the challenge
of a close Roman Catholic friend who insisted that I did not know my church
history. He was right, I didn’t, and for the next 20+ months I delved into
church history from many sources, even from secular theologians and those not
sympathetic to the Orthodox Church. It has been a great blessing.
I was born into a nominally Roman Catholic
family and have spent most of the last 24 years in a few of the many Protestant
offshoot churches. As a self-confessed “Eurocentric” in my aesthetic
orientation I have come to be deeply moved as I’ve discovered the rich history
and beauty of Eastern Christian architecture and liturgical arts. In several
works of late I have begun to explore the mystical and transcendent in such
holy places, albeit in a small and humble way. Some of these works are seen
here, such as Ancient
Faith, and Heaven and Earth. Across the various genres I work in
there is present various biblically or faith inspired pieces such as Mourning
Eden, Angelus, and Tamar, (any of which can be made available for custom prints on Fine Art
America simply by requesting).
Ideally, I would like to spend more time in
the future working on a series of Orthodox Christian holy places (churches,
monasteries, etc.) around the world, and would appreciate any leads or help in
realizing this vision, even with suggestions in terms of prospective subjects
and locations. I am interested in both ancient sites, even in ruin, all the way
to new sites. Since I am new to the Orthodox Church, my circle of friends in
the church is relatively small, and I look forward to meeting many more of the
Orthodox faithful around the world!