Lush, seductive and vibrant with color, the “body” of work presented by Michel Bellici at the Dino Eli Gallery last February 4, 2012 was replete with edgy and dynamic energy. The opening reception for her solo show displayed the talent of this native from upstate New York who is poised to stake her claim in the ever exciting world of art.
Her abstract figurative work recalls the treatment and skilled application of Michaelangelo. If there had to be anyone to paint a chapel ceiling with such nuanced grace and a new take on anatomical representation then Bellici would top the list. Her love affair with art started with finger painting at age four. All the strokes and application of medium was primarily done by hand. Bellici works and produces tactile masterpieces. She even touched her artwork to demonstrate the appeal of her very layered methods on the canvas. As for the female torso that inhabits all of the art pieces in this show, Bellici eschews the use of a nude model or even working off from a photo. Her forms come to her as she works and the internal muse will reveal itself in the course of play with her materials. Another fun element in her work is the backward handwriting that Leonardo da Vinci himself is known for. Bellici is ambidextrous and finds it easy to scribble such text elements as she trained herself well in this craft.
Art runs in the Bellici family as her grandfather, Joseph Rinaldi, was an artist that inspired Michel to start poring over his sketchbooks and his copy of Gray’s Anatomy, which became her training book to draw. Her long-standing fascination with the human form and the organic way to represent it can be very well traced to this part of her journey. She received her classical training at both The University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the internationally renowned Lorenzo de Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy. With 14 exhibitions in the U.S. and throughout Europe under her belt, she is poised to make a distinct impression by starting in the edgy Lower East Side where her raw but nuanced style is perfectly suited.
Michel believes that painting just flows through her hand and the inner desires or expression that is conveyed in her latest works are proof that art seeps from every pore of her being. It is indeed an extension of the artist placed on the canvas and what amazing stories they could tell.
“Bellici” – New Works
Exhibition Dates: February 4 – 10, 2012
Dino Eli Gallery. 81 Hester Street. New York, NY (corner of Hester & Orchard)
article by: Oscar A. Laluyan