Peter Paone, Flowering Surprise

Acrylic on panel
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Gift of the artist, 2015
36 x 36 in.

At first glance, Paone’s subjects often appear to be recognizable still life elements, but on closer inspection, they reveal themselves to be entirely imagined entities. A vase might be the body of a squid, or the petal of a flower might be the wing of a moth. His imaginative compositions began with a childhood experience. “When I was maybe six or seven years old, my father took me to a park. You have to remember, growing up in South Philadelphia, there were no trees. The only trees were fig trees. So we went to this park and I saw this white bush. I had never seen a white bush before. As I approached this bush, it all flew away. They were all white moths or butterflies. The whole thing just flew away. That was probably my first surreal experience.” 

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