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Friday, April 1, 2011

ANTHONY GRANATO @ Utah Arts Alliance (SLC: April 5 - April 30)

Utah Arts Alliance Announces an Exhibit of Fine Art:


April 5 – April 30, 2010.
Artists Reception: Friday April 15, 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: 127 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon – 8 p.m.

The Utah Arts Alliance will present an exhibit of original fine art, ANTHONY GRANATO –
NEW WORKS, April 5 through April 30, 2010. A reception for the artist will be held
Friday April 15 from 6 – 9 p.m., at the Utah Arts Alliance Gallery, 127 S. Main St., Salt
Lake City, Utah.

Anthony Granato has been aptly described as an industrious and innovative student of the
ever-changing school of mixed-media design; Anthony expertly weaves a gritty, seamless
tapestry with pencil, brush, camera and computer. His unique, penumbral montages speak
clearly with a stark, crisp style that is evocative and fresh. Granato graduated at the
top of his class, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration and a
split-minor in painting and graphic design. He has fifteen years of professional
experience as an illustrator and fine artist which includes but is not limited to cd
covers and layout, comic book covers, clothing and web designs, graphic novels, editorial
illustration, and miscellaneous work in the gaming and film industries. More important,
perhaps, than experience -- Anthony possesses an affinity for his work which has fostered
an unshakeable commitment to quality.

“Social commentary has been an interest of mine for quite some time” confides Granato,
when asked about his works. “Whether it be movies, books, music or other artistic media,
it has had a resounding effect on my work. The messages, either positive or negative, can
be educational for the audience and can be implemented directly into modern life. All of
my work has social messages woven into the concept and visual structure of the images.”

Granato continues, “The process in which I create my art is much like developing a
riddle... start with the answer and work backwards. I begin with the final product then
figure out how to make it happen. I take elements I've drawn, sculpted or photographed
and scan them into the computer. Once in the computer, I bring them all together and
merge them into one cohesive image. Once I'm happy with my composition, they are then
printed with fully archival materials, mounted on board and then finished in oils. The
frames used to display the work are either completely fabricated from scratch by me or
are salvaged antique or vintage frames. They are then distressed, re-beautified, painted
or left in existing condition based on the look I desire.”

The Utah Arts Alliance, is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization.
Our mission is to foster the arts in its many forms, to provide venues to facilitate the
arts, to provide programming and support for arts and education, to provide a central
organization committed to networking and support of Utah’s non-profit arts and
educational groups and to provide support and services to Utah’s artists and students.
Derek Dyer - Executive Director; Kent Rigby - Gallery Director.

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