Courtesy White Rock Gallery
"Neaves Road Canal"
Renato Muccillo, "Neaves Road Canal", oil, 24" x 24"
Born: Vancouver 1965
Studied: Largely self-taught. Studied briefly under Harold Powell
Price Range: $800 - $15,250
Visitors to White Rock Gallery sometimes refer to it as their ‘oasis of calm’ in this increasingly frenetic world. It’s an experience owner/director Dennie Segnitz openly encourages. “Good art rejuvenates and reveals something fresh every time you see it,” she says. “It creates a bond that makes you want to grow old together.”
One of her gallery’s artists, landscape painter Renato Muccillo, creates just that kind of work. His largely rural landscapes are subtle studies of light and atmosphere imbued with colour. They’ve been described as having a ‘preternatural stillness’. “It’s a paradox,” explains Dennie, “because this quality stems from a professional approach that is inherently, restlessly, dynamic. In fact, his mind brims with curiosity and he revels in treating each day as an opportunity to discover new ground.” She thinks it’s this cast of mind that, together with his intimate knowledge of his subject, fuses the bond with the individual.
Muccillo’s work ranges from the diminutive 4 x 4 inches to the more typical 24 x 24 or 36 x 36, with a few pieces as large as 60 x 60, meaning that his art is available across a wide spectrum of prices.
Don’t hesitate to visit galleries often — they’re free. It’s one of life’s great pleasures. And if you see something you like, ask the staff whether you can try the painting at home before you commit. Layaway possibilities are also worth asking about.