The man behind the artwork by Drew Knapp

The recent paintings of artist Andrea Spinelli renew my appreciation for the values and sensibilities of the man behind the artwork…

I remember one dark, cold evening several years back, driving with Andrea along the highway leading out of New York and into New Jersey. Construction in the road ahead choked traffic to a crawl. It was the kind of activity which occurs only deep in the night, when the rest of the commuting world is sound asleep, and was characterized by blindingly bright halogen lights, smoke, dust, pounding noise, and a sense of urgency. As we slowed to pass the site, and upon witnessing this unusually hard labor performed for the common good, Andrea commented: “These are true heroes.”

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Welcome to the world of Andrea Spinelli by Gary Williams

Creativity, some say, is “the ability to see what is there.” Andrea Spinelli personifies that definition.

Seen through his eyes and portrayed by his brush, the common is never mundane and simple things are never plain. Nothing in life is immune to Spinelli’s wry observation and careful craftsmanship. He shows us that meaning and beauty are everywhere.

Variety. Beauty. Intelligence. Humor. Spinelli’s work and world is striking and subtle, but never predictable. Everything is of interest to Spinelli, and he seems to find in almost everything a story worth telling.

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