The large Abstract Expressionist paintings of the renowned Long Island artist Janene Gentile will be on exhibit at the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts (BAFFA) Art Gallery at 47 Gillette Avenue in Sayville from September 17-24th. The exhibition will include more than 20 works, including some of her large-scale autonomic paintings that have never been on view. Much of Gentile’s work is thematically rooted in “art for social change” and inspired by the ethnic and cultural diversity of growing up in the Bronx in the 1970s.
Gentile has been making art for more than forty years, and her paintings are characterized by dynamic brush strokes, brilliant colors and bold emotional expressions. Some of her collection has been acquired by Billboard Magazine owner and Hard Rock Casino investor David Saltz, and has been featured in LA Magazine, and most recently, Talk Nation Magazine. The August 2016 edition of Talk Nation described her as “one of the most notable Abstract Expressionist American painters to emerge out of New York in this decade.”
Gentile was born in New York City and spent her youth in the 70’s and 80’s in the Bronx. Early on, her art reflected the era’s need for social change and she collaborated in many public projects that sought to improve outcomes for disenfranchised segments of society. After graduating from Lincoln Center College with a degree in Fine Arts, she went on to earn her Master’s from NYU. She also studied and exhibited her works in Venice, Italy and throughout Europe. She is a member of Women Sharing Art, and may be seen on Tumbler under Gentile Painter, and at Abstract Gentile on Facebook. She currently resides in Long Island and creates at her studio in Miller Place, New York.
The opening reception will take place on Sunday, September 18th from 2-5 p.m. and the artist will also conduct a lively conversation and viewing on Saturday, September 24th from 2-4 p.m. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of Gentile’s work will be donated to the BAFFA charitable non-profit to benefit local artists and communities in need.
For more information about viewing hours and directions, please contact the BAFFA gallery (631) 589-7343.