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Karina Gentinetta
"Roman Holiday" Large Scale Acrylic, Oil Pastels and Pencils Abstract 72"x72"

2023

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"Roman Holiday" 2023, 72" H x 72" W. Large-scale, multi-colored square abstract painting consisting of acrylic, pencils, and oil pastels on canvas by Argentine-born artist Karina Gentinetta (featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, the New York Times, Traditional Home, Veranda Magazine, Luxe Interiors, and on 1stdibs' Introspective Magazine, among others). This work is part of the Italian series full of energy, color, and childlike innocence. It is bold and spirited and celebrates the beauty of human nature. This work was inspired by Ms. Gentinetta's summer travels to Italy where she experienced the colorful and deep-rooted traditions of her ancestral grandparents' home. A vibrant movement in acrylics, pencils, and oil pastels in hues of burnt orange, raw sienna golden yellow, magenta, white, pink, purple, and blue with carbon pencils against a neutral background. Framed in a natural pine wood floater frame. Karina Gentinetta's vast and audacious canvases are inspired by her home city of New Orleans. A litigator for thirteen years, Gentinetta found herself at a crossroads after losing her family home and the majority of her possessions during Hurricane Katrina. Turning to art and design for solace, the self-taught artist was inspired to leave her law practice to pursue her creative passions in the shocking aftermath of the storm. Redolent of the shattered landscape of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Gentinetta’s paintings evoke the broken frames of flooded homes and the city's devastated infrastructure. Downed telephone lines, random piles of debris and condemned buildings are all present in the thick brushstrokes and intrepid lines that mark each canvas. The artist uses materials that are purposely indicative of construction sites, including wall plaster, varnish and house paint acrylics, imbuing the works with both a subjective symbolism and forceful aesthetic. Using a monochromatic color scale, the Stark paintings juxtapose opposing sentiments including vulnerability and strength, chaos and balance. The bold, abstract compositions speak to a multiplicity of themes including grief and despair, but above all celebrate the triumph of rebirth and hope over loss and devastation. Gentinetta’s works have received national and international recognition and have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Elle Décor, Luxe, Veranda, Traditional Home and More Magazine among others. Most recently, Gentinetta collaborated with RH Modern on a limited edition series which was successfully received and sold out. Her works can be viewed on 1stdibs online and personally at the Gallery at 200 Lex at the New York Design Center in NYC. Commissions may be requested.
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