JOAN ALLEN ART GALLERY: Oil Paintings by Bob Crimi

 UP NEXT at the Joan Allen Art Gallery are the oil paintings of Bob Crimi. Bob’s paintings are currently on display from June 10th to July 31st.

The paintings of Bob Crimi reflect his joy in the act of painting. Crimi’s work offers the viewer a window into a vibrant meditation. His canvases breathe with shifting passages of bold saturated color dissolving into ephemeral veils of subtle calm. Crimi’s visceral approach to painting is perhaps best illuminated in the artist’s own words: 

“The process is intuition based, being of no-mind, becoming one with a pigment-loaded brush.”

As a young man, in the late 1950s-early 1960s in Greenwich Village, Bob was influenced by the Italian art-apprentice training that his uncle Alfred Crimi provided, the art of Willem DeKooning and the abstract painters of the era, as well as Thelonious Monk and other great jazz players that he heard in the jazz clubs then flourishing.  ​

Like those legendary improvisers, Crimi says, “I let the style emerge from the moment, to pay attention to what the colors are saying, and try not to bend them to my will nor squeeze them into a formula. The process is mainly one of revelation.”