Wednesday Sept 6 - Saturday, Oct 7, Wed-Fri 12-5, Sat 11-3
The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton presents an intimate portrait series by popular urban landscape painter and muralist Mike Manente, on display to the public from August 30 through October 7.
Harrington Gallery Director Julie Finegan calls the current portrait series "phenomenal," and says she invited Manente to do this solo exhibit when she saw some of his work in last season's 'Fresh Works' installation. "Some of the pieces he will be showing here have been worked into far larger murals," she notes.
In Michael's words, "I have painted many urban landscapes, and like other artists have found those landscapes an excellent way of conveying a sense of time and place. But my favored manner of expressing my deepest feelings about the immediate surroundings is through portraiture... It is the people who inhabit those building, houses and streets that create the real flavor of a place."
"All my work relates directly to light and color, whether it be the gritty urban landscapes or portraits of street people and loved ones," explains Manente. "I seek at all times the economy of line and the efficiency of color in my pursuit of the impact of light on all surfaces. The scrubbed faces, the well-worn sun beaten visages, the brick and mortar facades of ancient buildings whose landlords have long since stopped caring, all of them dance and sing to me with light and color."
Mike Manente has exhibited most recently in Santa Monica, Costa Mesa, Novato, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and Brooklyn NY. He is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists in New York City and a certified instructor of the Portrait Institute's Portrait Clubs of America also in New York.