Show Opening at Villa La Fonte

This week I launched Firenze: On the Edge of the Postcard, a show of 20 mostly small paintings in the main entrance of Villa La Fonte, European University Institute, Florence.

The evening of the opening was clement, wine and canapés were generously served up on the house, and the turnout was better than I could've imagined given how much of a small potato I am on the art scene in Florence.

I got the opportunity to speak to dozens of people whose questions about my art struck me as perceptive and genuine, the most I can ask for as an artist.

I wasn't expecting to sell much but that occurred, too, even before the official opening.

Shows don't materialize on their own and I have the good people at Villa La Fonte, the Robert Schuman Centre, and the EUI generally to thank for making this one happen. I also have my very own Max Weber Fellow, Aitana Guia, to thank for doing most of the liaising and promoting. Finally, shout-outs to everyone who came out and hung around. I'm grateful for you all. Grazie mille!

Like usual, I didn't get many shots at the opening itself, but I did go around the next day to take these of the beautiful Villa La Fonte, built in the 15th century and owned initially by Leonardo Bruni, humanist, historian, and chancellor of the Florentine Republic.

One diehard orange bush.

The Renaissance garden in the back with the wisteria in full bloom these days.

The loggia on the way in.

The villa from the back.

The Director of the Robert Schuman Centre, Brigid Laffan, introducing me.



  1. Mouthwatering setting (to this Canuck hick, anyway) for this show. Amazing (again, for North Americans) that your show was in a 600-year-old building. I have a question about the display: weren't some of the paintings placed high on the staircase wall hard to see up close? Or maybe it's just the vantage point from which the photo was taken.

  2. Yeah, it's not the usual spot for an exhibition. In fact, I think I'm the first to show in the space. Just had to work with what I was given.


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