2000-08-19 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Like the contents of a champagne bottle which have been quietly developing over time, Nicholas Fucci’s talents were finally opened a few years ago and have been bubbling out in a constant delicious stream ever since. Indeed, this new RAA member’s enthusiasm for the work he is doing and for his future plans is contagious. This enthusiasm is reflected in the vivacity of his art and in the large number of pieces he has produced.

Rediscovering an artistic talent present since childhood, Fucci began painting about two years ago and joined RAA about a year ago. He entered his first art competition, which was sponsored by Manhattan Arts International Magazine, and won an award of excellence. In May Fucci participated in the RAA outdoor fair at Starbucks Coffee Shop and sold his first painting, which he says was "exciting and very encouraging."

Essentially untrained, Nick Fucci has an unbounded sense of adventure. He is fearless in experimenting with media, style and subject matter. Painting primarily in watercolor, though he has also painted in oil, Fucci’s use of watercolor is by no means traditional. Diluting the medium very little, the paintings appear to be acrylics or even oils. Fucci frequently uses oil-based markers, as well. The range of his work is enormous. Some of his art is quite abstract, some is more realistic. He has painted on everything from small stones to shells to glossy paper plates to pieces of wood to canvas and paper. He has created delicately detailed woodland scenes on shells lacquered to porcelain perfection and also has painted various abstracts on paper and canvas. Attracted to the texture of the cloth cover of a book he has about impressionism, Fucci sketched a face on it in white pencil.

There is a directness and freedom in Fucci’s art. His colors are, for the most part, bright and saturated, put down in vibrant patterns. Though untrained, Fucci has an instinctive understanding of design and the use of color combinations. A particularly effective painting of his is a boldly multi-colored cabin surrounded by a thicket of darkly undulating trees on a blue lake under an electric blue sky with a pulsating orange moon.

Nick Fucci’s most immediate goal is to work more and learn more about oils. He aims at doing something large and bold in that medium. One senses, as he speaks about it, the images bubbling inside him just waiting to burst out on a canvas. It is also important for him, he adds, to give back something with his art.

Fucci’s fertile imagination has also produced a unique and marvelous idea for a coloring book. He is presently seeking to have this copyrighted and published, should anyone out there be interested in this wonderful new "mousetrap."

A fresh and adventurous talent, Nick Fucci says, "I want to take art as far as I can to see just how good I can be." It will be interesting to see what is next on the horizon for this artist.

Reminder – Saturday, August 19 at 2 p.m. in the Post Theater, Fort Tilden – Performance of "Only the Shadow Knows" – written and acted by children in RAA/RTC Theater Workshop – Scenery built and painted by the children – Admission free – Donations gratefully accepted – Clive Kerr of The New York Herald Times Dispatch exclaimed, "Tennessee Williams, step aside. This highly anticipated play is expected to be the theatrical experience of a lifetime. Boffo!" Clive is never wrong.

If you are looking for not "the usual museums you always go to," here are a few suggestions to broaden your horizons this summer:

  • Asia Society at Midtown – "Dancing Demons of Mongolia." 19 and 20 Century Mongolian masks, costumes, headdresses, ritual aprons and ceremonial implements. Through September 17. 502 Park avenue at 59 street.
  • Museum for African Art – "Beads, Body and Soul: Yoruba Traditions in Nigeria." Beaded hats, costumes and other objects. Also, "Africa by Africans: A Photographic Essay." 70 photographs on display. Both are through August 27. 593 Broadway.
  • National Academy of Design – "American Spectrum: Paintings and Sculpture from the Smith College Museum." This is a dandy exhibit showing a broad scope of work as diverse as Hopper and De Kooning. Through September 10. 1083 Fifth avenue at 89 street.

Call the museums for their hours. Get out there, try something different and enjoy.


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