Percy Fortini-Wright Featured in Nesto Gallery
by Tiara Sharma on Friday, May 17th, 2013
The canvas glows with a haze of chaos and excitement. Storms of light, music, and colors propel bursting emotions from each brush stroke and undefined strides of the spray paint can woven within the framework of the canvas. City scenes and musical eruptions tumble off the streaks of paint to show a mirage of a frenzied yet proud identity.
This is the work of Percy Fortini-Wright, whose pieces hang on the walls of the Nesto Gallery until the end of May in the latest exhibit, “The Spray Can and the Brush.” He fills each piece with unique energy, deviating from traditional art forms to encompass an interesting combination of street-inspired spray paint found on city walls with the more accepted strokes of a paintbrush. Fortini-Wright exhibits his diverse roots through the unconventionality of his artwork, often embodying his identity and influences. As he states in the exhibit’s introduction, “Being multiracial I am constantly searching for threads of unification and integration.”
Fortini-Wright earned a Fine Arts degree at the Art Institute of Boston in the realm of oil painting and figurative styles. Many of his paintings display a tornado of text, faces, animals, colors, and buildings to illustrate the chaos of the world and the jumble of day-to-day life. Several of his paintings portray a mixture of expressions, objects, and colors exploding from the center of the canvas in a spray-paint-like style, with a whitewashed brick wall as the backdrop to the hodgepodge.
When one observes the painting from a distance, all the objects and feelings seem to blend into one overwhelming and thrilling piece; however, when you look closely at each individually applied detail or stroke of the brush, a splash of words drawn onto the paint appear.
An up-close glance at the other paintings allows the viewer to see the lines of the images seem to blur together, with indistinguishable objects and images. Yet from afar, the colors and lines seem to unite, creating a coherent big picture. Many of his paintings capture the excitement of music through illustrating a vibrant burst of horns, famous musicians, and sheet music drawn into the canvas. Other paintings show the blur of a chaotic city life, capturing familiar scenery from different, unexpected perspectives, with an alarmingly realistic tone of colors. For instance, “Cambridge on Broadway,” uses spray paint and brush strokes to show a wet, hazy rush of a stoplight at a street intersection—an image so familiar and routine in our daily lives, yet rarely remarked for its compelling beauty which this image captures perfectly.
Percy Fortini-Wright’s captivating exhibit will be on display in the Nesto Gallery for the coming weeks, so be sure to stop by and be amazed by his lively and inspiring work.
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