“I leave out a lot of visual information while retaining what is essential to convey my reaction to a subject or scene, knowing that the viewer will f ill in the spaces and hopefully will engage with the work on a personal level. In both monotypes and the large works on canvas, I seek to contrast the flat vastness of the landscape and the detail of what is near. The cooler pieces describe visually how water on the land changes with the sun’s light and how the wind creates water movement or placid mirror like surfaces.”
Tony Saladino was born in New Orleans and received a BS degree from the University of New Orleans. He lives and works in Hurst, Texas. Saladino began his association with Gallery Shoal Creek in the 1980s, showing his mezzotint prints, but by the ’90s his focus had turned to painting. In his paintings, one saw the same landscape and still life compositions present in the mezzotints, yet in a large scale format. Soon, he moved towards more abstracted imagery—landscape elements that were depicted with the mere suggestion of form and geometric references. “The evolution has been fascinating to watch,” says Judith Taylor. “Over the course of twenty years, the need for structure has given way to spontaneity.”
He is featured in the 2013 book Contemporary Art of the Southwest by Ashley Rooney with foreword by Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tucson Museum of Art.