Last week saw the opening of Los Angeles-based, Nicola Verlato’s solo exhibit at the Jonathan LeVine gallery. How the West Was Won is a series of new oil paintings on canvas and works on paper by the Italian-born artist.
Verlato’s dramatic allegorical compositions are rendered with remarkable use of perspective, reminiscent of the Renaissance-era. The show title, How the West Was Won, refers to the culture clash between monotheism and polytheism throughout human history, a battle that the artist believes to be at the very roots of the development of western civilization. In Verlato’s words: “Figurative art is intrinsically related to a polytheistic attitude (cult of idols) while the monotheistic one prohibits graven images, as written in the bible. Monotheism clearly won in most aspects of western culture but polytheism still survives in pop culture.”
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