You’ve Got To See This Classic Car.

This is the 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster.  In early December, I had the pleasure of seeing this beautiful car parked in a local park.  The result is a classic car combined with the art of modern photography.

Built as the deluxe luxury model of the Confederate BA line in 1932, Chevrolet created only 8,552 of these fine cars.  A”Stovebolt Six” 194 cu. in. inline six-cylinder engine produced 455 hp thanks in part to an upgraded carburetor.   The top speed was a blazing 70 mph.  A special transmission featured easier shifting and a free wheeling mode rounded out the specs of the car.

The gas saving mode allowed the wheels to continue to spin when the driver released the fuel petal.  The unfortunate side effect of this economic idea was a lack of engine braking.

1932 Chevy Confederate Roadster
1932 Chevy Confederate Roadster

It also supported 4 wheel brakes, a rumble seat, and a set of “Town and Country” styled horns to let people know you where there.   One of the more fashionable signature features of this car was the use of louver doors and not vents on the side of the hood.

Oh, and one more fascinating historical trivia fact was that there are no turn signals. They hadn’t been introduced for use on cars yet.   However, a parking light and brake lights were available for purchase .

As for the photograph itself, I decided that such a classic car needed representation in the art world the same way it was in the 1930’s. I wanted a classic film look that was both black and white and approximated the tonal qualities of a 400 Kodak film popular in the 1930’s.

The burnt edges of the picture are also something that occurred in many examples of film from cameras readily available to the public. Whether these markings were intentional or the result of unfortunate film developing I couldn’t say.  In the end,  I wanted the look to closely mirror what your grandfather or great-grandfather saw when they looked at their photo books.

 

New Years Eve

 

The holidays are almost over and mere hours remain until the start of a new year.   2016 was a year of exciting opportunities and dismal disappointments both in the  art and the world at large.

I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and may the opportunity arise for you to buy more art!

Thanks again for you support of the gallery as we excitingly look forward to the new opportunities and artwork that will be available in 2017.

 

 

Happy New Year!

 

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Where To Go For Fine Art Shopping This Holiday Before It’s Too Late

 

Are you ready for holiday shopping?  It’s a hard thing to image that the 2016 holiday season is already in full swing.  I’m stating the obvious because before you know it will be gone.  So, I’ve made a list of places north of Clearwater that enable you to view and purchase fine art at the same time! Don’t live in Florida?   Well, I’ve got that covered too.

  1. Gallery Gift Shop 

Last week we introduced our first batch of holiday cards for purchase in our very own online Gallery Gift Shop.  These 5”x7” cards have a blank inside for your own personalized message and come complete with an envelope for gift giving or mailing.  At our shop you will find all of our artwork that is available everywhere for both the starting collector and our avid fans.  If you haven’t checked this store out, don’t wait!

2.  Dunedin

We also have new works on display and available for purchase in our Dunedin location for the holiday shoppers stopping by the Downtown Dunedin Grill for breakfast or lunch. Tell Jacque we sent you.

3. Gateway Gallery & Emporium

Last week we took part in the opening of the Holiday show at the Gateway Gallery & Emporium, Inc. . Four different photographic works are now on display until January at this special juried show in downtown New Port Richey.   We also are displaying several smaller works in the gift shop area.   Stop by and see some great art!

4. Tarpon Springs Culture Center

This past week we also presented our work “Bird in Copper” to the Tarpon Springs Culture Center for inclusion in their annal Holiday Art Show. This show has 9 different categories of art displayed throughout Tarpon Springs historic original city hall. If you’re in the Clearwater and Tarpon Springs area drop by and visit!

Even though we’ve been busy at shows and displays all over the North Tampa area, I’ve found time to get into the studio and work on new pieces.   Coming soon I will add new pieces to our butterfly collection and even a young fawn to our animals collection. So stay tuned and buy art!

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A New Place To Get Your Fine Art Fix.

If you like to shop for art like I do then you know that very few places to buy art online directly from the artist.   Especially when that art is in the very unique media of fine art photography.   Well the art gods are smiling on you!  Buying the fine art photography of Andrew Chianese is even easier and with a larger selection than ever before.

A&A Photographic Arts has now partnered with the online security of e-commerce giant Shopify to bring you our new gift shop! Order your personally signed artwork on fine art paper, canvas, metal and even acrylic. We now accept all major credit cards including PayPal. So don’t miss out on feeding your art obsession at https://store.aaphotographicarts.com/.

Shop at A&A Photographic Arts?  Never heard of it….

A&A Photographic Arts has provided artistic consulting and access to my specially signed artwork worldwide via the Internet and locally. But that is only part of the story. Based out of Dallas, Texas in 2012, the gallery works to bring the unique photographic art of Andrew Chianese to the world.  We have worked with individual patrons, a very prestigious private school, and several restaurants in two states to bring art to the community.

Needless to say, as we continued to provide this service, we constantly branched out and developed a much more significant presence in the both the traditional brick and mortar art galleries and online art communities. Since sales of our fine art only continue to gain momentum and our obsession in making quality art continues growing stronger each year, we have expanded in order to meet both patron and collectors rising demand.  At the same time, the recent expansion allows us to  and provide a full online shopping experience for both the general public and our future obsessed art collectors.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Italian Faces provide Victorian Vibe

The artistic representations of the Victorian era once again come alive with a modern twist.   This Victorian statue of a small child located in a garden that is more than 100 years old. Ravaged by time, the face has lost the finer details and shiny aspect of a newly carved piece.

These statues are actually of Italian influence.  A little known tidbit of information about the Victorian age was the amorous desire for the use of Italian styled statues in Victorian gardens.

Yet, it is exciting how time and the elements continually changed this statue showcasing that spooky Victorian artistic flair. The varying degrees of shadow and moss ridden highlights of age take us on a haunting journey into a forgotten time when fine ladies and gentlemen walked the rose gardens dressed in Victorian splendor admiring the design of both the natural and carved manmade beauty.

Italian face 6
Italian face 6

But like the Victorian age, the elegant surface silently hid a dreadful undertone.  A dark whisper of haunted elegance and decay.  It was the time of the poets, and the birth of the modern mystery stories.  We have inherited classics set in this dark and foreboding period such as Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Frankenstein.

Strangely though, like some forgotten dream perhaps, the spine tingling sensation of the garden statues has changed.  Truly, these statues looked elegant in and clear-cut in their day.  The lines were crisp and the details soft and calming.  The faces like this statue presented today once displayed the fancies of the upper class.

Today though, after more than a century in the heat and humidity, these faces bear a different vibe.  The lines of the statue are now smoothed by weather and moss.  These once proud forms are slowly decaying  back into the lifeless and formless rocks whence they came.

This wonder of a  bygone era, reawakened with the artistic application of photographic principles and technical wizardry,  a showcase of elegance only modern art photography can bring to your walls.

 

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Photographic Art that tells stories.

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