Excellent paintings by Fred Calleri. Each painting differs from other. However there is one thing common. The expression of every person in the paintings is childlike. Further everyone is so calm and relaxed. It seems that everyone is realised.
How a realised person will behave in the worldly activities. He will remain calm whatever is the situation. He will not get excited at the time of Joy . He will not cry at the time of pain / sorrow.
Figurative painter Fred Calleri has been interested in art throughout his life and has been a gifted draftsman since childhood. Calleri uses each piece as a new lesson and creates goals for that work which relates to mood, palette, light or expression. By looking at the way Sargent used his palette or Vermeer's light and use of pattern, Calleri is able to garner a small lesson from both. While exploring the figure and representational painting in general, Calleri found by adding a slight distortion he was free to let the image take him where it wanted to go.
Fred was born in Maryland and moved to Arizona in 2001. After and extensive period in graphic design and marketing, Calleri decided to move to Flagstaff and take advantage of the history, scenery, people and especially the astounding light offered in the western regions of the United States.
Calleri’s studies of masters such as Zorn, Sargent, Vermeer, Sorolla as well as living masters has inspired him to create classic and romantic images using the master’s palette and mood for an emotional reaction. While exploring the figure and representational painting in general, Calleri found by adding a slight distortion he was free to let the image take him where it wanted to go. Most of his paintings have a romantic, humorous or mysterious quality with characters exuding an irresistible nostalgic charm.
Today, while Calleri feels especially compelled to paint the most classical of artistic subjects, the human figure, his body of work also includes landscapes and still lifes – whatever subjects manage to capture his interest as he continually searches the world around him for new ideas.