From November 9 – December 8, 2017 at Berenson Fine Art, Torontonians can discover works by an artist cherished by Sophia Loren, Tina Turner and the late Ella Fitzgerald to name a few.
The 75-year-old knighted Italian painter Marco Sassone will open his new exhibit, VIATICUS, a collection of 18 new oil paintings and watercolour studies relating to his lasting exploration of “departures and arrivals” and “the journey”. VIATICUS is a Latin term for our belonging to a road or journey and this exhibit will examine the literal and philosophical voyage in its multiple discoveries and experiences.
Pictured Above: Lake Ontario, 2011 – watercolour on paper – 14 x 21.5 inches
In early life, this talented painter sold his first works on pieces of plywood for pennies to tourists visiting his native Florence (he has since been able to buy some of them back at auction for upwards of $10,000).
Since leaving Italy and settling into life in California in 1967, Sassone has become known for his powerful landscapes and cityscapes capturing feelings of longing and belonging. As a Toronto-based artist for the last decade, Sassone has been moved by the city’s train and subway tracks, which can be seen having majorly influenced many of his most recent works.
Blue Track, 2016, oil on canvas, 48 x 58 inches
From his life experiences to his fascination with performance, Sassone’s new works are highlighted by the feeling of pursuit he accomplishes while creating them. His paintings are as instinctive and as luminous as the structures they call to mind.
Free and open to the public, VIATICUS opens Thursday, November 9th running until Friday, December 8th at Berenson Fine Art (212 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2J4). For details visit www.berensonart.com