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A to Z 2013 : TAURIELLO

(An A to Z 2013 Challenge Entry)

Once again, I deviate from the planned path after a new random idea comes to me. I was going to share a handful of trailers for movies I’m looking forward to this year. I am a movie trailer buff afterall!

Instead, I thought I would share some information I learned about a piece of art I’ve had for some time now. One that has always, for inexplicable reasons, drawn me to it. I will randomly think about it and become curious of its origins. Preferring not to have anything on my walls — they have been bare white for almost seven years (minus the posters and bats placed up for my ex’s son) — this is one piece I wouldn’t object to placing up. I’ve no real idea why I haven’t ever done so.

Goddess

I found this piece of art at a garage sale years ago. I have this odd thing where if something continually draws my attention (usually art) then I end up buying it, if I can afford it. This was one of those pieces. As soon as I saw it I felt a “connection” of sorts, and I wanted it. I avoided it for a bit, walking around checking out the rest of the merchandise. It made no sense for me to buy it, I never hung anything on my walls anymore.

But, like I always do, I bought it. It was cheap. Like $3 cheap, so why the hell not? Did it ever go up on my wall? Nope. I still felt a deep resonance with it, and I began associating unrealistic qualities with the painting. I titled it “Goddess” and thought of her as my Guardian Angel and Muse. I had a dream once about my supposed Guardian Angel and I will perhaps talk about it sometime. Maybe I had this dream close to this period of time? I can’t recall.

Either way, I never hung it up (only partially due to not having a real frame), and I never left it out to inspire any of my writing (which I wasn’t doing at the time anyhow). I guess I figured a Guardian Angel could do their work from the closet. They must be able to, because I’ve had a few close calls.

This weekend I was cleaning out my closet and trying to condense — purge; some changes are coming up that I need to have a bit more available space for — some of my belongings, and I came across this piece again. After so many years, I thought it was time to investigate its origins. It is a print (I assume) and not an original; back is listed as 648. I know close to nothing about art, though, beyond what I fancy and what I don’t.

Frank Tauriello
Source: http://www.leonloard.com/
I made the mistake of misreading the name as Taurielb (the L and O blending close), which caused some initial frustrations. Once figuring out the correct spelling of his last name, though, the frustration didn’t end. I wasn’t able to find him or any pieces of his work. I tried simple descriptions, and looked up multiple sites. I must be getting bad at Google. Once locking down his full name I found only a handful of sites with his art up, most of which being eBay.

I did, however, find a few blog posts and forum threads about him. It seems a handful of people were seeking out information about the artist of works they had found; some describing the same print I have. From here I found postings from Frank’s daughter giving information about the passing of her father, and about a memorial site currently in the works.

His work seems to have been distributed by Leon Loard Commissioned Portraits (though, I saw someone listing another distributor: Donald Art Industries/Company; again I know nothing about art!) and this is what they had to say about the late F. Tauriello:
Although a New York native, Frank Tauriello is known as a noted California portraitist, where he resides and teaches. Born in Rochester, New York, he received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree Cum Laude from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. His graduate work spans four years at the Art Students League of New York under Frank J. Reilly. Tauriello spent the next twelve years in New York working in the areas of painting illustrations, murals, and restoration of paintings. Currently, he has put his full attention on portraiture work and the conservation of art.
           
From 1963 to the present, Tauriello has been a private teacher, demonstrating instructor and juror for the California Art Association and the American Society of Portrait Artists. His portrait subjects vary widely, including children and families, state governors, jurists, business executives, and celebrities such as actor Clint Eastwood and television personality Merv Griffin. He has exhibited in numerous art shows around the country, and has won many local and national awards. Tauriello also holds membership in the Salmagundi Club of New York, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and is Board Emeritus of The American Society of Portrait Artists.
           
Strength, dignity, and realism all shine through in a Tauriello portrait. His straightforward yet sensitive style of painting emphasizes his expertise in achieving simplicity in design and composition, along showcasing his intense ability to recreate his subject's persona on canvas.
I nice contrast from the obituary. He was a very talented artist (amazing really, I love what I’ve seen so far and I can’t even accurately describe the connection felt with the one piece I have in my possession) and it’s a shame he has passed. Not because I would have ever sought him out, but that his current art is now all that is left and he will no longer be bringing new creations into the world.

Then again, perhaps he will. By means of those he inspired through his years of work and teaching, his legacy can essentially live on. I hope it does. I’m sure it will. Not even necessarily in terms of painting(s).

“The Goddess” inspires me in more of a spiritual way, but even that is an extension of F. Tauriello’s art. I know his art has also connected and inspired others, as well. So it isn’t even a matter of “hope” or “certainty” of an eventual ripple effect. Just the fact that it has and already is living on.

I should see about getting it properly framed, or at least hanging it up, and see if that Muse factor can’t give me a little nudge.

Do you happen to be familiar with Frank Tauriello and his art? Do you have any favorite artists? What artists or pieces of art inspire you?

30 comments:

  1. My favorite artist is Georgia O'Keeffe. Unfortunately, she is passed on as well. But I am drawn to her use of color, the texture and smoothness of her works, her subject matter -- beyond the flowers, the details, the shapes, the flow on the canvas. This piece is a favorite.

    I am also a fan of Monet. I love his use of texture and is someone who I will always strive to emulate in my own artwork.

    Let's find more of Frank Tauriello's work!

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    1. Uh, apparently there are some posts I never got to replying to. That seems odd.

      I recall your love of O'Keeffe, and I'm not exactly very familiar, but I do know I wasn't as much for the artist's work we went to the gallery for this last Spring/Summer.

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  2. That painting is beautiful. I would be drawn to it, too. You should defintely but that up! I haven't ever heard of that artist before, but he's intriguing.

    I don't know much about art, having forgotten all of my art history class from college. I do love to go to museums, though, because even art illiterates like me can appreciate art on a visceral level. And I, too, buy art based on what draws me.

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    1. It has been over a year later and it is still not up, but it is closer now than it has ever been!

      I honestly don't know much about art, either, except it seems to hinge on the Eye of the Beholder in most cases. Some work is Universally revered, while others are of a more acquired taste.

      This piece, and many others, just drawn me in and I wish I could collect them all, but unfortunately my wall space (and wallet) could never endure such a practice!

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  3. I rarely hang anything on the walls, either. Partly because I don't have the time to decorate, partly because I'm a minimalist. I am a minimalist because I know that anything I put on the walls will need dusted. Ain't got time for that either. :)
    I have never purchased a painting, print or otherwise. While I think many are pretty, I've never felt the need to buy one.
    Your "Goddess" is beautiful. I especially like the lighting effects.

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    1. I now have literally 1 picture on the walls. It was two, but the one didn't survive the sticky strip treatment because it had weak cardboard backing. The rest of the art has been strewn across the apartment for a few months now lol

      I'd rarely dust anything on my walls... or... anything for that matter >.<

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    1. Only familiar with Picasso :) I will try to look up the other.

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  5. oh wow that is some amazing picture, I really like it!!! I never heard of him, but I was inspired by my mother and grandfather. I also feel very inspired by Dali Salvador, Paul Klee, Van Gough and Manga artists.

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    1. Indeed it is, I'm glad you like it :) I hadn't heard of him before either, before researching for this post. I believe I recall your mother's garage mural? Maaaaaaybe I'm thinking of something/someone else, it's been so long >.>

      I don't know those first two artists and I think it's interesting you like manga artists. Has that art style ever been adapted into any of your work? I don't seem to recall.

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  6. I've always been especially attracted to works by Shag. I love the sixties Las Vegas feel of his stuff.

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    1. Gotta love shagging in the 60s! Completely have no idea who that is, but will check it out. Not sure I can appreciate it given I have never experienced any of those things... I mean, except shagging.

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  7. I just love visual arts in general, found a book at a garage sale called the history of art and it's loaded with pictures that amaze me, such talent.

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    1. Hey rch! We totally got separated by the end of the 2013 A-Z journey, but if you see this, I hope you are doing well! It's great you appreciate the arts!

      I love books like that, especially at a steal of a price ;-)

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  8. Wow - that's amazing. Never let go of something that speaks to your soul. It's a beautiful picture. New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. I definitely plan to hold onto it for the long term. Unfortunately, I still don't have it up to fully appreciate or be inspired by it :( It's been tucked away yet again... A crime really.

      I was only able to stop by once or twice, but I appreciate the follow and visit (over a year later since the occurrence haha) and I hope you are still writing in Wonderland!

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  9. I haven't heard of this artist before but that print you have is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Patricia! I am glad to have exposed you to it :)

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  10. I have that same print on hardboard. Any idea what it's worth?

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    1. Ah, the post that drug me back to my recently defunct blog! Unfortunately I come with bad news, as I do not know how much it is worth. There is a chance that after his passing his work became more valuable, as that seems to be the way of things, especially in the world of art, but I have found no source to say one way or another.

      I am glad, however, that someone stopped by who also owns a piece of Tauriello's and can appreciate it on a personal level! Thank you for posting! If finding out anything about his work, feel free to share, I'd be most interested :)

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  11. I have the same print on hardboard. Any idea what it's worth.

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    1. I know I replied to the first posting, but I'll also do this second one :)

      Still no idea on a value, but haven't looked into it since this posting. However, there was someone that contacted me, interested in buying the print, if you happen to still have one and were looking to possibly sell!

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  12. http://www.heartlightcommunity.org/art_of_spirit.htm

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    1. Thanks for sharing this, it's beautiful work! Interesting site, but is it now defunct?

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  13. many of his works at the top of this search after the 1st couple rows others are mixed in...https://www.google.com/search?q=frank+tauriello+paintings&sa=X&biw=1215&bih=662&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ved=0ahUKEwixj-fW0uLKAhWMNz4KHW8NC7gQsAQIGw

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    1. Thank you for sharing this! I love his art. There seems to be a surprising amount of it, but very minimal information.

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  14. https://img1.etsystatic.com/039/1/5809349/il_570xN.607177709_6qlc.jpg is a photo of the print on canvas of his I have. "Open Road" - printed in 1968 out of NY city. Blonde girl on bicycle, with a Guitar strapped to her back.

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    1. That's great! Thanks for sharing this picture. I wonder if it's meant to be the same woman, or a completely different subject. He seems to like his ladies and guitars :)

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  15. My husband Marc was the shipping and receiving manager 4 Leon loard Portrait Studios. He and Frank became friends over the years. Frank gave Mark two of his artist proof which he signed. Space one is of Clint Eastwood and woman is of John Wayne. Mark was so honored that Frank gave them to him.

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    1. That is really awesome! I admit, I'm jealous :) How was Frank in the flesh? Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience!

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