Paul Catalanotto is an abstract painter who works in fresco, applying pigment to fresh plaster, then sanding and polishing the final image to create a smooth look. The artist’s works are brightly colourful and textured in a way that invites closer examination.
Paul’s online art portfolio is organized into categories by the size of the work. I find this an interesting way to look at artworks, and see what becomes possible with fresco painting on both a small and a large scale. Paul favours deep blue and green tones, and in some works in seems as though the abstractions were painted on a darkened substrate.
Technically, the works remind me a bit of Jeanie Gebhart or Nella Lush, and other artists who work with palette knives. In terms of colour, Paul’s portfolio contains a lot of parallels to that of Luis Pagan, with bright blues and yellows, warm and cool tones mingling easily across the painted surface.