DAILY ARCHIVE: David Iacovazzi-Pau

Wed 04 Mar

Painted portraits survive today in the work of David Iacovazzi-Pau.

Past traditions made portraiture the province of the most talented artists of the day, capturing for posterity the upper classes: the wealthy and sometimes royal patrons who could afford them. In the modern age photography made the form available to the masses, and today’s ubiquitous “selfie” could be seen as the last expression of the trend.

But Iacovazzi-Pau returns the tradition to us, in vivid paintings of varying scale. The larger ones make the subject a tangible presence in our environment, sharing our space as if waiting on our answer to a difficult question posed only moments before. The more diminutive pieces are windows that invite us to peer into another’s world. Yet perhaps every portrait acknowledge the voyeur within us all.

His subjects are often fellow artists: painters, musicians, writers — all of whom are cultural entrepreneurs tasked with documenting their own unique vision but for a moment, they are caught in Iacovazzi-Pau’s.

Iacovazzi-Pau’s work can be seen in Crossing Borders, Building Bridges, an exhibit at the Louisville Metro Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, through June 23, 2015.

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Gallery Representative:
Swanson Contemporary Gallery

Featured Artwork

David Iacovazzi-Pau
Gunnar (Portrait of Gunnar Deatherage)

Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36", 2014

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More Artwork by
David Iacovazzi-Pau:

Study for Portrait of Will Oldham #3

Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48", 2012.

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Tanja (Portrait of Tanja Eikenboom)

Oil on Linen, 20" x 16", 2014.

At a Glance:

Name: David Iacovazzi-Pau

Hometown: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Age: 35

Centre Académique des Arts in Luxembourg and Indiana University Southeast

Website: http://www.davidiacovazzipau.com

Gallery Representative:
Swanson Contemporary Gallery