Industry and the environment at odds with each other, humans destroying their own planet. Folly, the perfect word to describe our need for things that create industries which in turn are harming the natural world we hold so dear. There is a catch, we need so many things to maintain our lifestyles. We have cars so we need roads and bridges, energy, burning coal and using gasoline, creating pollution . We are swinging out into an uncertain future. There is beauty in the things we have created but it is the tension of these aspects of modern living that inspired these paintings.
Off to the Races is a series of paintings inspired by a 1931 French horse racing game, and images of vintage erotica from the same era–the perfect combination to visually represent male competition over female sexuality. The juxtaposition of grisaille for the figures and bright colors for the game creates a sensual distinction between the two “sides.” Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life, which is, of course, impossible, without males and females coming together. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. The butterfly also symbolizes transformation as it changes from caterpillar to winged adult. Amicosante’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the Cotuit Center for the Arts. He is a member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA. Amicosante was a participant in the 2009 Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. Trained at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, he has established a reputation as a magic realist painter.