Angelo Di Francesco

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I am a contemporary artist from Toronto, Canada who is inspired and influenced by past and present Canadian art, Impressionism, and use of colour, and light. Although I have been sketching, drawing and painting all my life, it has only been in the last few years that my passion to create has become a full time endeavour. I have been able to share my deep love of art, the stories that inspire each piece, and their personal meaning. I do hope you are touched by them as well.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Art has always been a big part of my life. As far back as I can remember, I have always drawn, painted, etched and created. I have seen the world as if every image, moment and place could be a drawing or a painting.

I have used many different mediums, such as watercolour, acrylics, and pastels over the years but I am most passionate about oil on canvas. I love vibrant colour, and brush strokes that creates energy.

I am inspired by the places I visit, the people I meet; a walk, a hike, a memory. Many of my pieces are directly influenced by these moments. They inspire me to capture their essence.

$1,200.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

18x24"

Peaceful, Quiet, Beautiful. Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24. This is the second in the Peaceful, Quiet Series of paintings. The painting is complete and drying. I'm very pleased with the result. The multilingual mantra of Peaceful, Quiet, Beautiful was a very moving experience for me and reflects the multicultural fabric of my great country. Stronger because of the wonderful mix of cultures and people. This red heart is beating passionately and with much love. This is a tribute to Canada with 100 languages and cultures reflected on each red maple leaf. Each echo the phrase, Peaceful , Quiet, Beautiful.

Angelo Di Francesco

$1,000.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

24x30"

Peaceful, Quiet, Wisdom. Oil on Canvas, 24 x 30. This is the first in a series of paintings called The Peaceful, Quiet Series. The final brush stroke has been added and I'm again transported back to the moment. Sun through the rustling leaves, a majestic tree proudly wearing years of wisdom, peaceful tranquility and quiet reflection. Still. Heartbeat. Warmth. And thoughts about my place in the here and now. Breathe and be still. Listen. Do you feel the leaves rustling? This is a spot on a farm in Everett Ontario.

Angelo Di Francesco

$750.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

16x20"

In the Garden, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20. An oil painting in an apple orchard that is also a metaphor. The light shines brightly through the tree branches and leaves to illuminate the apple in the garden. In completing this piece, I've made the lines look like a stain glass window much like those found in a Cathedral to give it a biblical feel. If the apple is love and free will, why wouldn't Eve pick it and take a bite? Given a choice to be submissive, subservient and obedient or have free will, intelligence and strength of character, of course she takes a bite. And of course, she chooses love. If Adam were a self confident strong individual, he would applaud and celebrate the choice. Or is it just an apple in a garden?

Angelo Di Francesco

$950.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

18x24"

Through your Eyes, My Sunset, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24. This piece plays with the idea that a painting can generate its own light and be luminescent. A sunset is a personal, passionate and intimate experience that really can be breathtaking. It can be peaceful, quiet and serene but also blazing with colour, and incredibly beautiful. Literally, it can be breathtaking. As you can tell, I love my sunset! And always will!

Angelo Di Francesco

$500.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

20x16"

Montreal Reflections, oil on canvas, 16 x 20. Recently completed, this oil painting captures the vibrant Montreal waterfront while also being introspective. It is really all about the reflections and energy emitted by each brushstroke. I love Montreal. I believe I've captured it's energy in this piece

Angelo Di Francesco

$750.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

22x28"

Garden Blossom Blast, Oil on Canvas, 22 x 28. In this large oil painting, I decided to paint one of the first clematis blossoms of the season at dusk on a wet day. What was absolutely wonderful was being able to paint diffused daylight, water and garden light through leaves. If you look closely you'll see the progression, layering and thought process. Painting with oil is always about patience, perseverance and planning. I feel that the photograph of this painting doesn't do it justice. It must be seen.

Angelo Di Francesco

$600.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

18x24"

Don Valley Weeping Willow, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24, Don Valley Golf Course. Every Wednesday morning at 6:00 am I golf at the Don Valley Golf course. It's such a wonderful course with so many trees in the heart of Toronto. When I walk the valley, the city literally disappears. On the course there are many majestic Weeping Willow trees that are between 200 and 450 years old. I often wonder how many people have walked by. How many tears has this willow shed? How many changes have occurred during those years? The tree's bark has so many gnarly bits that are ragged and lumpy. This particular tree looks like it has someone trying to escape from inside but the bark has it trapped. It definitely is the tree's prisoner. Take a walk with me!

Angelo Di Francesco

$725.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

24x18"

On the Verge of Spring, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24. Every year at the beginning of March in Canada, we are between seasons. Winter snow is still around but in some places with some milder temperatures, icy lakes have melted and some evidence of spring's imminent approach is visible. This painting is about my desire for winter to be over and spring to be here. I love spring with its colour, new life, hopes and possibilities. This painting, with its brighter sky, shimmering water, elements of new growth is about anticipation.

Angelo Di Francesco

$500.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

20x16"

Twilight Storm Clouds, Galway, Ireland. Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20. One evening, while walking into the central part of Galway, we noticed storm clouds rolling in. The clouds added an extra sense of drama to the evening with intense colours and light that shimmered on the waters.

Angelo Di Francesco

$450.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

20x16"

Little Italy Remembered Circa 1970, College Street, Toronto, Ont. Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20. It was great to have grown up in the Little Italy area of Toronto. College Street was always a buzz of activity with merchants and their wear, family run grocery stores, cheese shops, fish mongers and vendors of bric a brac. Sights, sounds, smells galore. I loved those red brick buildings, old shops with awnings, and random window displays. But before the stores opened, and shops were set up, there was a quiet, a lull that was wonderful. This is my memory; slightly hazy, and still.

Angelo Di Francesco

$500.00 CAD

Oil on canvas.

16x20"

Pond Reflections, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20. In my garden I have a small pond that I love. Every spring, I rearrange all the rock that surrounds it, redo the waterfall and add the face of Neptune to a different position. I love to sit by the pond, listen to the waterfall, watch the birds and other animals drink and bath there and just reflect on things. There's always a sense of calm by the pond. It's like therapy. This is my painting of it.

Angelo Di Francesco