SUMMIT, N.J. — Internationally acclaimed Spanish Master Painter Ramon Vilanova is coming to Summit, New Jersey. He will be in Summit on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 to unveil a new collection of Plein-Air paintings. The masterworks collection is featured in the new book of his paintings entitled “Miradas”; the third monograph published featuring the works of this phenomenal artist. Cosmopolitan Fine Art, located at 37 Maple Street in downtown Summit, New Jersey will host a reception and book signing for the artist on Saturday, March 8, 2008, in the afternoon.
The show will feature over 30 paintings by the artist, most of which are featured in the new book. Vilanova will be there to sign copies of the new book and greet his many admirers.
On Sunday, March 9, the artist will be featured at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, also in Summit. In the museum setting, the paintings will be presented to a select group of Museum supporters and art enthusiasts. HSBC Bank is sponsoring this event, with a portion of the proceeds from this event being donated to support the Arts Center.
The paintings from the show will be on display at the gallery through the month of March. The gallery is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday (908-277-4100).
Acclaimed by art critics and represented in prominent and distinguished collections throughout Europe, Ramon Vilanova is considered by many critics as the finest landscape painter alive. His works have brought him more than 30 1st place prizes in major European competitions and his work is in the permanent collection of many museums, a further testament to the credibility and importance of this extraordinary artist.
Vilanova works exclusively “plein-air,” at that time and place, giving his compositions a special sensitivity, an emotional experience of the scene he has chosen to commit to canvas. Nature, like life, is imperfect and Ramon, in his work, shows us all of nature, not only perfect beauty. Yet this uncorrected beauty is captured perfectly, as the paintings are perfect in their representation of the scene, as the artist has felt them that day, in that moment.
The new book, entitled “Miradas” is the third book featuring the artist’s paintings, an indication as to the popularity and importance of this great painter. The two previous monographs, “Ramon Vilanova” and “Latidos,” have long been sold out and now command collector prices.
Vilanova is an instinctive painter with the need to paint. In tune with his environment, he is acutely aware of the tonalities and half tones that light creates with color. The world of landscape is what intrigues him… a farmhouse in a field, an island offshore, an urn overflowing with flowers in a private garden, a field of brilliant wildflowers, an errant weed. Vilanova is a self-taught artist, who, though relatively new to the U.S. art market, has been exhibiting in Europe with great success since the early 1970s. He has continued to refine and further define his craft and interpretation to where he really has no contemporary peer in the visual and emotional interpretation of landscapes and seascapes.
Cosmopolitan Fine Art, 37 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901.