Join us this December to celebrate the work of René Martucci and Phillippe Gandiol! With a mix of painting and sculpture, this exhibition truly has something for everyone. The collection runs from December 4th through December 28th, 2019. Join us for the opening reception on December 7 from 7-9pm!
Exhibition duration: December 4- December 28
Opening Reception: December 7 from 7-9pm
Location: John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA
Free admission. All ages welcome.
Philippe Gandiol, an award-winning Northern California painter, was born and raised in France and moved to California in his early 20’s. He has painted with oils for over 25 years. He pursued an independent program of study taking classes in France, San Francisco and Sacramento and with several renowned West Coast painters. Philippe likes to paint a variety of subjects like landscapes, cityscapes, still life and figures “en plein air” or in the studio. He works as much as possible from life, believing that only in life can he find the full range of light and color he wants in his paintings and the spirit and mood of his subject matter. He is actively involved with the California artist community, art events and fundraisers. He also participated in juried art festivals in Easton, Sonoma, Carmel, Napa and San Luis Obispo to name a few. He teaches privately out of his studio or in the outdoor and also offers painting workshops. As an instructor, Philippe is appreciated as a thorough, supportive and inspiring mentor. In addition to winning many en plein air competitions, Gandiol has won various awards at the Boldbrush painting competition, the Napa Valley Juried Art festival, and the Davis Great California Paint Out. His American realist style has a slight hint of impressionism that keeps audiences gravitating toward his ethereal cityscapes.
Investigating the ordinary is the pervasive theme in Martucci’s work. She enlists accessible images as she looks to define universal experiences and create a vocabulary to express personal meaning and her interest in shared stories. A figurative artist, focusing on people and animals as her subject matter, Martucci seeks to represent thoughts, emotions, simple truths and states of mind. Much like Roy Deforest, Martucci has become well known for her dog imagery. Her sculptures often feature canines perched precariously on 5 ft stacks of books, bricks, vases, and pillows. Martucci studied with Robert Arneson, Manual Neri and Wayne Thiebaud at UC Davis from 1978-1983. Her ceramic sculptures are clearly influenced by Arneson, whereas her figures are inspired by Neri. In the dynamic environment of the university’s ceramic lab TB-9, Martucci spent many hours sharing ideas with talented art students including Lisa Reinertson, Arthur Gonzalez and Tony Natsoulas. Martucci continued her studies at CSU Sacramento focusing on K-12 art education. Devoting over three decades to ceramic sculpture, Martucci has received wide attention for her work. She has been a longtime staple of galleries and museums in Davis, Stockton, Sacramento, and San Francisco.