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About Dominic Finocchio

 

 

Dreams have been described as a chain of image fragments drawn from memory, driven by desire and not subject to free will; a description that points to a similarity with the images shown here.

Though my paintings and drawings are categorically narrative they do not present a specific incident or idea. After what usually becomes a lengthy preparatory process of building a composition that begins with arbitrary choices,  the figures and the depicted environment into which they are placed are chosen when they seem to belong to each other and substitution is no longer an option. The pictorial cohesion and the structural relationships of one figure to another within their setting have to become visually unassailable for me as I begin a painting or drawing but I don't hesitate to make adjustments as I proceed.

 

Because I do not determine beforehand what the image can, should or will convey, it will always be something unforeseen. There will be ambiguity and indeterminacy that may ask a viewer to analyze the image or perhaps an invitation to simply have a visual experience that cannot or need not be verbalized. 

 

This process allows me to rely on intuition in an effort to chance upon the unexpected. My hope is that I will offer viewers an image that is persuasive, purposeful and compelling.

 

Dominic Finocchio

2021

 

In 2014 my work was featured in the quarterly publication "The Art of Man", Edition #17 in which the focus is centered on depictions of the male figure that, in varying degrees and approaches, represent a classical point of view.

 

Below are some of the collections in which my work can be found, awards I have received and exhibitions in which my work has been shown

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

  • The Evansville Museum of Arts and Science - Evansville, IN.

  • The Marriott Corporation - Renaissance Hotel - St. Louis, MO. (commissioned works)

  • The Santo Foundation - St. Louis, MO

  • The Bristol-Meyers Squibb Corporation - Evansville, IN.

  • Koetting Associates - St. Louis, MO.

 

AWARDS:​​​​

  • The St. Louis Artists' Guild (2021) - Best of Show

  • The Buchanan Center for the Arts (2021) - Best of Show

  • The Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences (2020) - The Caroline Karges Merit Award 

  • Art Saint Louis (2012) - Award of Excellence

  • Cedarhurst Center for the Arts (2011) - Best of Show

  • Butler Institute of American Art (2006) - The Phil Desind Award

  • Art Saint Louis (2003) - Award of Excellence

  • Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences (2002-03) - The Elise Strouse Merit Award and The Mary McNamee Bower Purchase Award 

  • Art Saint Louis (2001) - Award of Excellence

  • Evansville Museum of Arts and Science (2000-01) - Purchase Award

  • Art Saint Louis (1998) - Purchase Award

  • Evansville Museum of Art and Sciences (1986) - Purchase Award

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2021​​

  • Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL - "64 Arts"

  • The St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, MO - "It Was All Very Queer"

  • Webster Arts, Webster Groves, MO - "Reentry"

  • Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO - "Footprint"

  • Art Fluent - "Connection" - online exhibition

  • The Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO - "Group Art Show"

  • Martha's Vineyard Drawing Prize - "Questions" - online exhibition

  • Verum Ultimum Gallery - "Chasing Ghosts VI" - virtual exhibition

  • Art Saint Louis - "Humanity" - virtual exhibition

2020

  • The Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL - "Art of the Message" (curated exhibit)

  • The Evansville Museum - Evansville, IN - "The 60th Mid-States Art Exhibition"

  • The Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO - "Group Art Show"

  • Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO - "Creatures II"

  • Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO - "The Exhibition XXXVI"

2019

  • Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO - "Heaven and Earth"

  • Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO - "Comfort and Joy"

  • OA Gallery - Kirkwood, MO - "The Works"

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO - "Outliers"

  • St. Louis Artists' Guild - St. Louis, MO - "Anne Metzger National Biennial"

  • Foundry Art Centre - St. Charles, MO - "Figurative Works II" 

  • Jacoby Arts Center - Alton, IL - "Art Is...Process"

2018

  • The Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College - Belleville, IL - "Imaginaria" (solo show)

  • Millstone Gallery at COCA - University City, MO - "Figures, Fables & Fiction" (curated exhibit)

  • St. Charles County Community College - St. Charles, MO - "Body Work" (curated exhibit)

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO - "Pink Pearl"

  • The Evansville Museum - Evansville, IN - "The 59th Mid-States Art Exhibition"

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO - "Menagerie"

  • Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO - "The Exhibition XXXIV"

2017

  • Mildred Cox Gallery at William Woods University - Fulton, MO - "Lies Provide" (solo show)

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO - "Rabbit Hole"

  • Cedarhurst Center for the Arts - Mt. Vernon, IL - 27th Biennial

  • St. Louis Artists' Guild - St. Louis, MO - "Clearly Human III"

2016

  • Manchester Arts - Manchester, MO - "Inside Outside"

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO. - "The Exhibition XXXII"

2015

  • The Cedarhurst Center for the Arts - Mt. Vernon, IL - 26th Biennial  

  • The Evansville Museum - Evansville, IN -"The57th Mid-States Art Exhibition"

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO - "Light Into Dark"

2014

  • Art Saint Louis – St. Louis, MO – "The Exhibition XXX"

2013

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO.- "The Exhibition XXIX"

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO - "Honor Awards"

  • Foundry Art Centre - St. Charles, MO. - "The Figure"

2012

  • The Vino Gallery, St. Louis, MO "Configuration"

  • Butler Institute of American Art - Youngstown, OH - "Butler 76th National Midyear Exhibition"

  • Art Saint Louis – St. Louis, MO – The Exhibition XXVIII

2011

  • Cedarhurst Center for the Arts – Mt. Vernon, IL – 25th Biennial

  • Jacoby Art Center – Alton, IL – 7th Annual

  • Fontbonne University – St. Louis, MO – "The Figure Now"

  • Art Saint Louis – St. Louis, MO – "The Exhibition XXVII"

2010

  • Art Saint Louis – St. Louis, MO – 'The Exhibition XXVI"

  • Jacoby Arts Center – Alton, IL – 6th Annual 

  • Springfield Art Museum – Springfield, MO - "MOAK 4 State Regional"

2009

  • Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA – "Compact Competition/20”x20”x20”"

  • Art Saint Louis – St. Louis, MO – "The Exhibition XXV"

2008

  • Orange County Center for Contemporary Art - Santa Ana, CA - "On, Of and About Paper"

  • Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA - "Compact Competition/20"x20"x20""

  • World Trade Center- Clayton, MO-(Curated by Art St. Louis)

  • Upstream People Gallery - Omaha, NE - "10th Annual Realism International Online Art Exhibition"

2007

  • Butler Institute of American Art - Youngstown, OH - "Butler 71st National Midyear Exhibition"

  • Cedarhurst Center for the Arts - Mt. Vernon, IL - "Southern Illinois Artists Open Competition"

  • Upstream People Gallery - Omaha, NE - "9th Annual Contemporary Art International Online Juried Art Exhibition"

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO - "The Exhibition XXIII"

2006

  • Springfield Art Museum - Springfield, MO - "MOAK 4 State Regional"

  • Butler Institute of American Art - Youngstown, OH - "Butler 70th National Midyear Exhibition"

  • Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA - "Compact Competition/20"x20"x20""

  • Foundry Art Centre - St. Charles, MO - "Show Me"

  • Foundry Art Centre - St. Charles, MO - "Paintings 2006"

2005

  • Springfield Art Museum - Springfield, MO.- "Watercolor U.S.A."

  • Red Dot Fine Art - Santa Fe, NM.- "International Figure Exhibition"

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO. - "The Exhibition XXI"

2004

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO.- "Honor Awards"

2003

  • Klaudia Marr Gallery-Santa Fe, NM. - "Realism Invitational"

  • Art Saint Louis - St. Louis, MO. - "The Exhibition XIX"