Pleasanton Art League Wall

Mike D’Amelio

January 11 – February 24, 2024

Solo Exhibition on the PAL Wall (2F)

Meet the artist on Saturday, February 3, 2024 from 1-3pm at the Firehouse Arts Center!

The Firehouse Arts Center is excited to welcome Mike D’Amelio on the Pleasanton Art League Wall from January 11 to February 24, 2024. All of the works in this solo exhibition are part of the artist’s latest series titled, “Mother.” Embodying the essence of our existence and planet, she fulfills roles as a mother, father, best friend, protector, moral compass, and provider. This series reflects the emotional impact of D’Amelio’s mother’s failing health, the marvel of female anatomy, the strength witnessed in his wife during pregnancy and childbirth, the implications of Roe vs. Wade decision, and the urgency of addressing climate change. Through color, contour, and symbolic representations of life, transformation, death, and religion, the artwork captures the intricate blend of chaos and beauty that defines motherhood. “Mother” encompasses a multitude of colors, faces, thoughts, and ideas. She holds the key to our future, and the choices we make now will shape what lies ahead.

The artist has released the following statement regarding his exhibition:

My artwork directly addresses my own trauma. Drawing from personal experiences, both challenging and inspiring, I also extend my reflections outward, frequently delving into social and political topics such as women’s rights, BLM, Covid, and Jan. 6. The world is a crazy place right now, and I aim to capture various elements of this in my art.

Anticipate encountering a wide range of brush strokes, vibrant bursts of color, and pronounced contrast layered across my canvases. I prefer working in a large format, employing any medium or technique that feels appropriate at the moment. Each piece is crafted to possess a distinctive voice, ensuring it stands apart from anything you might have encountered before.

I often dedicate a year or two to exploring a particular theme, such as “Breathe” or “Mother.” My goal is to actively engage my audience, inviting them into a complex world that encourages you to confront your fears, explore your soul, and experience a profound emotional connection.

Mike D’Amelio (b. 1976, New York native, currently residing in the Bay Area)

Ever since he was a child, art has been a necessity for D’Amelio. He sees it as a means of storytelling. Drawing from personal experiences, both difficult and inspiring, the artist engages directly with his audience, inviting them into his complex world and allowing them to make their own associations.

While attending SUNY Purchase College for Fine Arts on scholarship, D’Amelio found himself drawn to abstract expressionism and neo-dadaism. Not wanting to be bound to any medium or movement he began experimenting with a combination of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, design and collage to find his voice. His work was exhibited in numerous student shows during this time, and he graduated near the top of his class.

After college, D’Amelio continued experimenting with his art while carving out a very successful career in Design. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for The Ray Light Foundation, which provides art scholarships to at-risk youths. Learning the children’s stories behind their work inspired him to take a more psychological approach to his creative process and muses.

It was in 2016 with the birth of his daughter that D’Amelio’s artwork really found its voice. Fascinated by the innocence and freedom she had on a canvas, new creative doors opened from within. Today, D’Amelio is consistently producing his best work. Using mixed media, his ghost-like creatures have an uncontrollable energy that blur good versus evil while creating a strange sense of sanctuary.

Artist Website

New Gallery Hours Starting September 2023: 

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 10am-5pm

Fridays: 10am-6pm

Saturdays: 10am-3pm

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