Portofino sailing
Portofino sailing
Portofino sailing

Portofino sailing

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Description:                                     PROPERTY OF ARTIST ROSSANA KELTON

Rossana Kelton ‘Rossi’ (B. 1960)

Signed, titled and dated ‘Portofino Sailing’, April, Atlanta, 2013 (on the reverse)

Acrylic on Plexiglass

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Painted in 2013

Provenance:

Collection of Artist, Rossana ‘Rossi’ Kelton, 2018

Condition Report: 

The condition of this painting can vary widely and the nature of the paint sold means that they are unlikely to be in perfect condition. Paintings are sold in the condition that they are at the time of sale.

Essay

       Rossi’s main inspiration for this work was the little sailing towns of the Mediterranean Sea. She loved the colorful houses, the beautiful rows of colorful boats all waiting to go out to bring the next catch. She was looking for images sailing ships when she came across an image of the Italian coast and the city of Portofino. This small fishing town was well known for its artistic associations, but she was interested in the colorfully painted buildings that line the shore. She decided that she was going to use a different technique and paint on a surface that was not cotton canvas. She selected Plexiglass because of its transparent properties. She also had to perform some research because she had to use a primer to get the paint to adhere to this surface. She used Golden Acrylic paints because they do not react with Plexiglass as oil paintings do. This was a research project to learn the properties of the new surface and adapt to it. 

Portofino Sailing boats and sailing have a religious interpretation. The various boats symbolize transport in the spiritual path. The boats symbolize safety for Christians that are swimming in a sea of evil and material goods. The mast and yardarm form the symbol of a cross. The colorful buildings in the back symbolize the beautiful souls of those that follow the spiritual path.Rossi utilized abstract techniques to create this fine artwork.See you in Portofino!