October 24th – November 28th, 2020
Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present “Enchantment”, a solo exhibition from New Jersey based artist Gina Matarazzo. “Enchantment” is Matarazzo’s first solo show at the gallery and will consist of fifteen new oil paintings. This collection will feature the artists signature animal portraits steeped in vivid color palettes and floral adornments. While certain animals are portrayed in their natural habitats among the trees and flowers, others are depicted surrealistically as they take on human qualities. Cloaked in regalia as they elegantly pose in lush interiors, each animal takes on a unique and individualized personality that evoke both humor and splendor. Taking the narrative one step further, Matarazzo’s animal sitters embrace magical musings as they dance mid air and levitate tranquilly. “Enchantment” playfully intermingles these two worlds into a harmonious and welcoming soirée.
“I have always been more of an observer to this world, and what I have a difficult time saying in words, I try to express through my work. The world can be a very somber place, but we don’t have to dwell on that. I like to depict animals in my work, because they are free from ego and live a more sincere life than we do, truly knowing how to “be.” When we look at animals, we pick up on that sincerity and it opens up our emotions of joy, love and compassion. If we allow those feelings to flow freely within each of us, it can change our perception or point of view, and help make the world a better place. I hope that “Enchantment” reminds you that there is still time to be open to moments of wonder, feel joy, experience peace, believe in hope and see the beauty that exists around you. Tap into the essence of you, where magic and hope reside, and let the enchantment of what could be fill your heart.” – Gina Matarazzo
I paint pictures, design books, hide chocolate like a squirrel (meaning, I don’t always remember where I put it), love to cook, own and operate 22 hula hoops (not all at once), sometimes lose paintbrushes in my hair, get caught on doorknobs frequently, work too much (because I love it!), look for creative opportunities with EVERYTHING, love looking at academic paintings in person and spending time with my cats and husband. I love COLOR and DETAILS and SECRETS and STORIES and EVERYTHING about the creative process, especially the challenge and the hard work.
I believe there are hidden secrets, wonders and joys of the world right under our noses every day. I enjoy creating art that celebrates the things that are often overlooked and taken for granted. When is the last time you really looked at the sky or the sprightly little rabbit in your yard? What does that dog of yours dream about? I think everyone needs to slow down and pay more attention to what’s going on around them. With a little creative license, I aim to show you a magical way of looking at ordinary things.
In the past, my primary focus was designing and illustrating album covers for a wide variety of recording artists across a great spectrum of music genres. My client list has included Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Glen Phillips, Peter Tork, Woody Allen, 88.5 WXPN and Austin Music. I have also done freelance work on books, toys, and textiles for clients including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw Hill, and Running Press Books. Currently, I design books for Bookbaby in any and every genre and style that comes across my desk.
I live with my illustrator husband, Matt Stewart and cats Gwendolyn, Cecily and Georgie in southern New Jersey where at certain spot between trees, you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful Philadelphia skyline in the distance.
My artwork has been published in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 22, 24 & 25.
Selected for publication in Infected by Art, Vols. 3, 4, 5 & 6. (infectedbyart.com)
Juried into the Main Show multiple times in the past few years for IX 9 – 12 in Reading, PA. (imaginativerealism.com)
Asked to be juror for historic Philadelphia Sketch Club’s “Phillustration 9” show in 2017.
Awarded second place in Philadelphia Sketch Club’s “Phillustration 8” Show in 2016.