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Sep 9, 2011

DGC alumnus exhibits at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan

DGC'11 alumnus Nick Napoletano (Hartford Art School, BFA Illustration, expected 2012) is showing his "Fraternal Co-dependence" entry at ArtPrize competition September 21-October 9, 2011. ArtPrize is a radically open competition; open to any artist in the world who can find space; open to anybody in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan who wants to create a venue, open to a vote from anyone who attends.

Nick's monumental artwork involves a 8 ft. x 16 ft. canvas that breaks down and folds into four separate sections for easier transportation. The painting consists of 11 realistic figures —all life-size— arranged in a similar manner to those depicted in the Geisha Tsunami Response preparatory painting (See below- Image 1), utilizing an aerial perspective to capture an increased sense of dynamism in the poses. The rendering of the figures are done in a tightly refined style seen in the handling of the egg tempera and gold leaf female portrait in Catalyst (below, image 2).

Fraternal Co-dependence is not shown in this post (yet) because it will be displayed at ArtPrize, therefore, we want to keep the mystery until it is presented to the public at the competition. Later we will update this post with Nick's amazing artkwork.

Today, Nick and his dad began the 845-mile journey of transporting the artwork from Hartford to Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are confident that Nick will be a sensation at ArtPrize and we wish him best of luck getting the 1st place prize ($250,000).

Geisha Tsunami Response, 20"x25"  (© 2011 — NICHOLAS NAPOLETANO)

Catalyst 2010, 7”x9” (© 2011 — NICHOLAS NAPOLETANO)