Findlay Galleries is pleased to present Mediterraneo on Tuesday, June 8th, at Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach. This exhibition explores the fervent landscapes, seascapes, and figurative paintings of the Mediterranean lifestyle by the Italian palette knife master, Nicola Simbari (1927 - 2012), who was born in Calabria, Italy. The Mediterranean is sewn deep into Simbari’s soul, which can be easily understood when viewing his luminous and vibrant canvases.
Nicola Simbari is a phenomenon in the world of modern art. His earliest paintings ensue scenes from his daily life, fishing villages, and the surrounding countryside. For more than fifty years, he soared from one artistic period to another. He defined himself as a representational artist who went through numerous painting styles, including Abstract Expressionism and Geometric Abstraction, yet resolutely remaining a figurative painter due to his alluring fascination with people. Initially, Simbari was mainly interested in the avant-garde movement. Later, he formed an admiration for Miró, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and de Staël, gradually beginning to tell a story with his paintings. Simbari then found himself free from influence and developed his signature style, now recognized as Simbaresco.
Always succeeding brilliantly, Simbari redefined the magic of color and form. Along the way, he took on his subjects as a panorama of everyday life. Sensuality becomes an overriding theme for Simbari, causing beauty and romance to reign supreme.
This exhibition explores the magical allure of the Mediterranean, which significantly impacted Simbari’s work. From the intense blues of the sky and water to the shimmering hues of the houses and the expressive colors of the flowers around them, this enchanting atmosphere served as a springboard for Simbari’s innovative style of painting. His use of color and texture complimented his vision of the environment by allowing him to evoke the feeling of the sun’s rays on warm flesh and the soft touch of an ocean breeze.
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About Findlay Galleries
Celebrating 150 years in business, Findlay Galleries is an iconic family art business founded in 1870. Specializing in Impressionism, European Modernism, l'Ecole de Rouen, L'Ecole de Paris, and 20th Century American Art, the gallery represents over 100 artists and artist estates. Named Wally Findlay Galleries since 1965, the business was acquired in 1998 by James R. Borynack. A longtime Findlay executive, Borynack was committed to the relentless pursuit of veritable European period works and contemporary artists. In 2016 Borynack also acquired the David Findlay Jr. Gallery and merged the two. Since then, the gallery has operated under its original name from 1870, Findlay Galleries, and has continued to offer a strong collection of both period works and contemporary art, both European and American.