This exhibit featured new, real-life paintings of Boston by Charles Movalli, whose paintings, completed over the winter, depicted actual Boston scenes of everyday life. “These won't be Boston Common and the usual picturesque images, but rather regular images – people walking down streets, men going to work, policemen on the corner, and a view from Southie.” Movalli mentioned that one of his new paintings shows the Boston Sand & Gravel Company, located off I93.
Visitors to the Gallery had two opportunities to meet the artist: at the preview opening Friday, May 31, from 6 to 9 p.m., and again on Saturday, June 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. - “A Talk With Charles Movalli” offered visitors a chance to meet artist Charles Movalli and learn more about how and why he chose the theme he has for the show, and to learn more about the composition and structure of his paintings.
Movalli says of his work, “There is a real trend toward seeing things in terms of photographs, which is why photo realism is so popular. My view is that there should be more left to the imagination.” One of the paintings in the show will be that of the Boston Sand & Gravel, viewed from Route 93. Another will feature an outside scene of a restaurant, while yet another will be a July 4 th Parade in South Boston . Those looking for uniquely painted Boston scenes will also see a picture of two women chatting next to each other in the Newbury Street area of town.
Artist Movalli is well known in the area. A resident of Gloucester , MA , he is a Gold Medal Winner from the Rockport Art Association as well as the North Shore Art Association.
Movalli holds a BA from Clark University and a PhD from the University of Connecticut . He has painted and written about art for more than thirty-five years. He belongs to the North Shore Arts Association, the Rockport Art Association , The Guild of Boston Artists, Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Art Association, and the New England Watercolor Society. Although he works primarily in acrylic, he is also a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America. He has received Life Achievement Awards from the Oil Painters of America (1991), Rockport Art Association (1999), and Hudson Valley Art Association (2002). He has judged shows all over the United States and has lectured and demonstrated for over a hundred different art organizations. He has also conducted painting workshops in 24 states, Bermuda , Mexico , Canada , England , France , and Switzerland . He is listed in Who's Who in American Art.
Movalli edited nine art books for Watson-Guptill Publications, working with Emile Gruppe, Paul Strisik, Betty Lou Schlemm, Roger Curtis, and Claude Croney. Two of his books appeared in Japanese and Chinese editions. He also wrote the historical preface for the Dover Press re-issue of William Morris Hunts On Painting and Drawing.
During his 25 years as Contributing Editor for American Artist, he wrote more than 80 articles. Some of the most popular of which were reprinted in Watson-Guptill's Twenty Painters and How They Work, Twenty Landscape Painters and How They Work, and Twenty Figure Painters and How They Work. He has also written for Southwest Art, The American Art Review, and other art publications.
Movalli's work was featured in an article written by Stanley Marcus for American Artist June 1986 and in the American Art Collector July 2006. Movalli's art also appears in the books Dynamic Composition by Frank Webb, Artist's Guide to Using Color by Wendon Blake, Handbook to Landscape Painting by Stephen Doherty, and A Guide to Drawing by Mendelowitz and Wakeham. His painting methods are showcased in John Stobart's “Worldscape II” video.
His paintings have been in galleries in Maine , Vermont , California , and Virginia among others.
In a typical year, he paints between 60 and 80 pieces.
Considered one of Cape Ann 's best-known painters and teachers, Movalli's work is electric with movement, color, and vibrant light.
South Street Gallery and Charles Movalli offered a 24"x36" painting of the Boston Marathon through a lottery. Over 60 tickets were sold and all the proceeds went to The One Fund.