Excursions, Aerosol Paint. ©Emilio Florentine
As his name suggests, Jersey City based mixed media artist Emilio Florentine is inspired by the floral. Reminding me of the classic “he loves me, he loves me not” saying, his work ironically suggests the delicate nature of flowers combined with a hard edge. Like in the aerosol paint piece, “Excursions,” Florentine’s canvas is a large wall on the interior of a building, in “Misty,” a wall outdoors, and in “Nothing to Lose,” he once again brings beauty to a brick wall using aerosol paint in a bright, cheerful palette.
Misty, Aerosol Paint. ©Emilio Florentine
Nothing to Lose, Aerosol Paint. ©Emilio Florentine
Florentine also uses colored pencils to showcase the graceful and gentle quality of his inspiration. His work expresses a duality in both it’s composition and in highlighting decomposition at the same time. In “‘Round Midnight,” his fine technique even appears to give the piece a three dimensional vibe.
‘Round Midnight, Colored Pencil. ©Emilio Florentine
Straight No Chaser, Colored Pencil. ©Emilio Florentine
Will O’ the Wisp, Colored Pencil. ©Emilio Florentine