TONY CALZETTA: LOVE DITTIES

  • All Alone Am I by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    30.0 x 36.0 inches | 76 x 91 cm
    2014
  • I Found My World in You! by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    29.0 x 40.0 inches | 74 x 102 cm
    2014
  • I Put a Spell on You by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    32.0 x 42.0 inches | 81 x 107 cm
    2014
  • If Your Heart Aches... by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    35.0 x 39.0 inches | 89 x 99 cm
    2014
  • Itīs Easy īCause Youīre Beautiful! by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    22.0 x 27.0 inches | 56 x 69 cm
    2014
  • Kiss Me, Thatīs Right, Kiss Me! by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    22.0 x 27.0 inches | 56 x 69 cm
    2014
  • Love Makinī, Heart Breakinī, Soul Shakinī by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    22.0 x 25.0 inches | 56 x 64 cm
    2014
  • Miss Kissinī Ya! by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    22.0 x 25.0 inches | 56 x 64 cm
    2014
  • Nemmeno una Lacrima (Not Even a Tear) by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    30.0 x 38.0 inches | 76 x 97 cm
    2014
  • Save the Last Dance for Me by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    34.0 x 40.0 inches | 86 x 102 cm
    2014
  • So I Donīt Have to Dream Alone by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    32.0 x 39.0 inches | 81 x 99 cm
    2014
  • With Just the Beat of My Heart by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    31.0 x 36.0 inches | 79 x 91 cm
    2014
  • You Are So Beautiful by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    30.0 x 42.0 inches | 76 x 107 cm
    2014
  • You Canīt Take That Away From Me by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    33.0 x 40.0 inches | 84 x 102 cm
    2014
  • You Make My Heart Sing by Tony Calzetta
    oil pastel, graphite and gouache on paper
    53.0 x 74.0 inches | 135 x 188 cm
    2003

 

 

 

TONY CALZETTA: LOVE DITTIES

Tony Calzetta,

November 15 - December 6, 2014

Opening reception: November 15

De Luca Fine Art is pleased to present LOVE DITTIES, a solo exhibition by Tony Calzetta. Baffled viewers may ask what are these strange images, these “planes” or “cars,” these strange vessels that float upon placid waves, these “meteors” or “rockets” that whoosh from speckled skies? It is difficult to define them and that is exactly Calzetta’s intention. His titles are amusements, bearing no relation to the drawings whatsoever, they elude definition and speculation. The shapes that inhabit his drawings have no meaning we can paraphrase. His aim is purely an aesthetic one. He invites us into a world of sumptuous colour and drama, into a world crisply conjured in gouache, graphite and oil pastel. These drawings are not representations; they are beings.

Over the past 35 years Tony Calzetta has developed a distinctive visual language of bold, simplified forms where colour, texture and lines jump into a third dimension and dance to life to create works that challenge the viewer’s imagination.

Tony Calzetta received his B.F.A. from the University of Windsor and his M.F.A. from York University. He works mainly on canvas and paper and at times in sculpture and printmaking. He has published three major livres d’artiste, Acts of Kindness and of Love in collaboration with writer John Metcalf, and more recently How God Talks in His Sleep and Other Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices with writer Leon Rooke. In addition to commissioned works he is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. In 2011, his paintings exhibited at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto were part of the Padiglione Italia at the 54 th International Venice Biennale. He was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2004.