Recent Paintings by Deladier Almeida at Caldwell Snyder Gallery
Artist Reception & Book Signing: Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Exhibition continues through December 4th.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Deladier Almeida. Artist Reception and Book Signing for newly published book on Thursday, November 3rd. The book has a collection of over 50 paintings from recent years. Almeida’s aerial landscapes, recent examples of which are in the present exhibition at Caldwell-Snyder Gallery, were presaged by that first high-altitude view that stimulated a remarkable visual imagination. Retrospectively, that moment was the beginning awareness of not just what he wanted in the look of his future paintings but, more important, how his own evolving thinking about “seeing” would define the content.
Deladier Almeida’s landscape paintings reflect a skill and intelligence that allows them to stake out a territory unto themselves, despite the artist’s acknowledgment of sources such as Wayne Thiebaud and Roland Petersen, with whom he studied at Davis. Del’s paintings are neither traditionally nor predictably beautiful. They are quirky and “deceptive” in a positive manner. Realism, a term overused to describe paintings that imitate the subjects represented, is of course deceptive on the face of it. All art is inherently abstract, that is to say, not the actual thing but a depiction of it. Part of Del’s magic is the sophisticated way he pivots back and forth between representational art and abstraction. The viewer, especially the casual one, feels comfort in the familiar rural landscape imagery. No modernist trickery here. But then, a closer look reveals elements that betray a playful mind at work behind the keen observation. The artist confounds his audience, producing a reassuring superficial reality and then shaking it up by digging deeper.
Born in Brazil, Almeida has lived in California since the mid-1980s, earning his degree from the University of California, Davis. He has exhibited his work at galleries, museums, and art fairs including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts in Davis, and the Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont.
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