Gizzi's Restaurant now has amazing artwork gracing their walls of the restaurant. They are fortunate to have partnered with Antonella Mason of Venice Italy to show case her unique art. You can check out her full gallery on this link, but we certainly urge you to go inside and experience it first hand and feel the art! Oh, and it is available for purchase. http://www.antonellamason.com/
The essence of the human soul has become the purpose of my search.
Through the depth of color, I feel like I am physically touching the emotions
of the inner self of the subjects that catch my attention.
It is a journey into the ‘Being’ that challenges my curiosity, but over all my need of fulfillment.
The universality of the human being thinking, its gestures and its expressions, are the foundations on which my work develops itself.
I find myself on contemplating even the most apparently “aseptic” situation and every time an inner feeling comes out of it, I recognize it only at the end of the art work performance.
I accept to follow my instinct, so then, if I really have to, I can understand its meaning.
Antonella Mason's images grasp our attention as we enter her personal
dialogue with the complexities of the human spirit. With gestural
brushstrokes she expresses an acute sensitivity to her subject and captures
a range of intense moods – from fierce anger to macabre and mysterious -- but
Renee’ Phillips Author Art Critic Editor - in - Chief of Manhattan Arts Magazine
Manhattan Arts International – New York City
Antonella Mason looks for the essence of soul. She wants to seize the inner nature of man, to go deep into all the aspects, even the most painful ones, of human soul.
Thus, she is near – in a broad sense – to the great current of Expressionism and, in a way, to the art of the German “ Neue Wilden”.
Therefore, there are no affectation, no sophistication, and no homage to fashion in her works. Truth, first of all, is what matters.
Paolo Rizzi - Art Critic
The painting of Antonella Mason is the sense of the travel within the man.
Search in order to understand, to know without judging and, in order to make this with greater availability, to even undress themselves of a share of the own tradition, see again critically the own roots.
The artist plays with the contradiction of the world that is outside and is within, between what we think ours and what we think other people’s.
These faces unmask our removals, invert the role that wants us watching and not show.
The creation of an artist is far away from the exhaustive being. We have thought more times seeing her Art, metaphorically with a poet to us beloved like S.T. Coleridge: “There is in every human countenance either a history or a prophecy, which must sudden, or at least soften, every reflecting observer”.
[S.T. Coleridge, Additional Table Talk]
Prof. Patrizio Rigobon - University Ca' Foscari Venice
Portraits of women and children, young people of an even aggressive realism, founded however as well as on the physical likeness as on the amazing capability to”visualize” the x-ray of the soul.
Victoria Magno - Journalist for Il Gazzettino
Mason‘s paintings distinguishes itself for a figurative value even if it gets to an interpretation from which emerges the relation towards unconscious and memory. The Art of A. Mason is painting that turns in philosophy of an emotional mood: the one wringed out in an unrepeatable unique moment.
Piera Piazza - Art Critic
Antonella Mason is compelled to the human subject. Across a range of resolutions (from the brushy expressionistic to the earnestly illusionistic) glinting eyes stare heavenward, into the distance or straight out at the spectator. These works are at once a tribute to their multiple, often anonymous subjects as to the painting process itself.
Prof. Lawrence Waldron St. John’s University New York City
Antonella's work evokes a passionate, volcanic affair. Each emboldened stroke speaks of a woman vibrant in gesture and thought. Her work speaks of a place more than a moment in time; the only way for me to literalize it would be call her "Espressioni di Italianismo." An expression of cultural output through a wide ranging subject. While remaining faithful to her subject she imposes an enchanted grasp that enlivens the viewer. A bold, direct and dynamic approach to painterliness combined with a soft, sincere introspection that draws you into her soul's honest display. What is never in question is the beauty of the whole in any of her pieces, what surprises and delights is that moment of gestural pause, that one point where the painting impresses on you its internal world.
Roberta Hickey – Art Critic NYC