Artist profile: Marc Stolfi by Joseph Timothy Quirk

Torrington artist Marc Stolfi. Photo by Joseph Timothy Quirk.
Torrington artist Marc Stolfi. Photo by Joseph Timothy Quirk.
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“I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I was old enough to hold a pen and brush,” says Marc Stolfi as we gaze upon an oil painting of a smiling young boy on a farm. To the immediate right is an oil of a mother and child in repose. Holding court above them all on a grand canvas is a family of swans, a mother, father and four cygnets, a scene depicted in bold strokes of vivid blue and vibrant white. This is Stolfi’s family and with this painting, he’s showcasing a universal truth through his personal story. There’s a baby on the way in the Stolfi household and he muses he may add an egg to the painting after the exhibit. The exhibit is called “Marc Stolfi: Through My Eyes”, a one-man showcase at the Five Points Annex on Water Street in Torrington.
When he was nine years old, Marc Stolfi took art lessons on Wood Street in Torrington and worked with oils, the medium that would add color to his artistic life; his mother still preserves his first artistic endeavor in the medium, a painting of a bell, book, and candle. As Stolfi matured, his artistic education expanded. He studied illustration at Hartford Art School, The University of Connecticut and Paier College. A particular technique for he which became renowned was the skill of Tromp L’Oeil which means to “fool the eye”. Although the art is painted on a flat surface, the painter will create a depth of field in the work invoking a realism that fools the eye into thinking there is a three dimensional quality to the piece. An example of his Tromp L’Oeil technique is a painting of an abstract work of art.
In Torrington, the art of Marc Stolfi maybe most synonymous with the extraordinary mural that adorns the children’s section of the Torrington Library. Now Stolfi’s work holds their treasured places in galleries, homes, and businesses throughout the northeast and beyond. On rare occasions, Stolfi has taught other aspiring artists, most notably at the much-beloved “Cocktails and Canvases” nights at the Arts Desire. For now, Stolfi is taking his art in new directions and the bold choices in his latest work caught the eye of The Five Points Art Gallery. As a result, the exhibit “Through My Eyes” found a home.
The human form is the primary focus of the exhibit “Marc Stolfi: Through My Eyes”. For Stolfi, the human figure is his muse for his engaging creative expressions. Whether it is the beautifully haunting piece featuring a tattooed woman with a skeleton mask or an exotic exploration of the female figure in a honeycomb, each painting tells a unique and personal story that only the viewer of the art will know.
The exhibit at the Five Points Annex runs through Monday, January 27. After the exhibit closes, some of the art will be available to view online at http://www.wrongwaystudio.com/

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Joseph Timothy Quirk is the creator and producer of Nutmeg Junction radio program which airs on 13 stations. He is a cartoonist who comics has appeared in four newspapers throughout 2009-2017 and has been a freelance entertainment journalist.