Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the fantastical works of Barbara Fracchia. “Classical Adventures - Ballet and Operatic Paintings” will run from 4 May through 8 June 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, 4 May 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fracchia has been showing her work in New York, New York and is a returning artist to the gallery.
“Classical Adventures – Ballet and Operatic Paintings” will showcase several series of her works, primarily focused on her admiration for opera and ballet. The exhibit covers a wide number of opera and ballet performances, many of which can be seen in San Francisco throughout the year. Fracchia’s contemporary interpretations reflect the modern adaptations the performing arts have embarked on. She used the inspiration from the more current format to infuse a unique energy to her paintings. Fracchia describes her work as, “… exploring the unusual in subject matter. My ideas are a bit above the norm, but incorporate the classical elements of painting. My work is a combination of impressionistic plein air style for landscapes and illustrative for figures.”
Most recently Fracchia completed a series of paintings based on Richard Wagner’s opera series “The Ring” which is regarded as one of the most monumental works of art. The story consists of four parts: “Das Rheingold,” “Die Walküre,” “Siegfried,” and “Götterdämmerung” and these are directly portrayed through Fracchia’s works. She also depicts ballet performances -- such as Tchaikovsky’s Serenade “Bright Fast Cool Blue,” Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” and “Unbound” an account of ballet’s history and future.
The show also features scenes at the New York Metropolitan Opera House and the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and Performing Arts Center. A series paying homage to Beaune, a town in Burgundy, France, known not only for its sceneries but also for its annual festival of notable revival of Baroque operas and performances of Mozart in original instruments, is also included.
Fracchia’s paintings are prominently featured at the gift shop of the War Memorial. Notably, one of her recent works -- a depiction of the story of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley (and turned into a ballet by Liam Scarlett) -- is featured as a t-shirt design through the San Francisco Ballet.
Fracchia was born in New Jersey and resides in Kensington, California. She worked as a graphic artist and illustrator focusing on architectural related work. Her passion for drawing led her to try painting and began painting landscapes in plein air. She enrolled at the Academy of Art University and went on to earn an MFA. Fracchia relishes variety and adeptly paints a wide range of subjects. She works in the painterly tradition and has an excellent eye for capturing details as reflected in her composition and colors.