Last Thursday I went to the preview of his solo exhibition Mixed Emotions at Peterborough City Art Gallery which is on now until July 8th. It was a very well attended jolly event and even hosted a steel drum player, something I don't think the gallery has seen before!
Tony is an artist who has a broad subject base so I was pleased to see for this exhibition he had narrowed it down to a strong theme , a series of portraits, hence the title Mixed Emotions.
Painted on honest to goodness stretched canvas ( no fancy frames here) they showed an directness and interest in his subjects, painted with a straight forward dexterity. I felt Tony stopped painting when he'd got the likeness he wanted. Something I wish other artists would do.
What I liked:
I particularly liked the hanging of the paintings. the grouping of the blue paintings together, and the mixture of baby portraits with grown ups worked very well.
My favourite pictures were:
|Tony Nero. Blue Paintings.|
"Crazy in Blue" an open mouthed shout.
|Tony Nero. Wall of portaits.|
"Quiet Introspection" serious pondering by a local councillor juxtapositioned with
"Scream of Sudden Tears" from a lovely alarmed baby.
A thoroughly enjoyable exhibition! Thank you Tony.