“We knew from the beginning that we wanted to find a way to support our love of the arts. There are so many talented people in this world. We knew if we could find a way to incorporate fine art pieces into our projects it would not only enhance the visual experience for our clients, but also provide artists with a platform to share their work with a larger audience. The Art Program is a program that allows local artists to submit their work to be displayed in both residential and commercial projects. We take submissions year-round; however select at least two artists quarterly to feature on our website and newsletter.” – Chris Paradise

Art Program

Artist Spotlight: Anthony Salemme

December 5th, 2019 | Author: Kathryn Hook

We are honored to introduce Anthony Salemme as a featured artist of the J. Allan & Paradise Art Program. His work will be on display at the brand new HomeSmart Heritage Realty office in Falls River, MA.

Anthony is an established entrepreneur with a massage therapy practice based in E. Providence, RI. A graduate of The Muscular Therapy Institute and the Johnson & Wales Culinary School, Anthony is no stranger to investing in his passions. He’s owned and operated a restaurant for twenty years before deciding to dive into new business adventures. Originally from New Jersey, Anthony finds inspiration for his artwork through travel.

“ My inspiration f or this series comes from a collection of conscious and subconscious thoughts, observations and influences of travel in densely forested areas of the Caribbean, South and Central America. ”

What began as a friendly challenge to use oil paints for his paintings became a personal exploration of form, fragment, proportion, and distortion. The combined series displayed on his website, www.anthonysalemme.com, appreciates the likeness of the flora and fauna of their native regions. The abstraction of human and animal form found is a direct reflection of a fragmented realty. He uses oil pastels and acrylics to achieve a layered “jungle”, representational of the layers of life.

“The unidentifiable surfaces and intersecting lines slowly unfold as the painting progresses to being complete.”

Lost in the Thicket #1

Acrylic on canvas
36″ x 36″

Lost in the Thicket #2

Acrylic on canvas
36″ x 36″

Lost in the Thicket #3

Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 36″

His intentional use of color creates a sense of mysterious depth. The elements appear as an illusion to the viewer, allowing his work to become a transformative experience. Traditional forms of representational objects simply become contextual pieces of information that tell a much larger narrative. Perhaps this is his subconscious method to tell his personal story of a densely layered realty.

““Throughout each painting, I feel more connected to who I am and my surroundings.”

Diablo Selva

Acrylic on cavas
11″ x 14″

Wander

Acrylic on linen
11″ x 14″

Massed

Acrylic on linen
11″ x 14″

To me, one of the most interesting parts to any artists work is their process. Anthony allows his decisive line-work to take on a familiar form that continuously reminds us to explore, adventure onto the canvas, and be transported into his world. What I found most interesting in talking with Anthony is his use of modern applications to inspire his fragmented realty. He explores photographs of plants in his garden through an application that distorts and removes elements. He continues to manipulate on canvas what he sees; color, composition, how the plants interact separate and together.

While he considers his artwork “for fun”, Anthony has exhibited his work throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. His chosen art piece will be on display at the HomeSmart Heritage Realty office in Falls River, MA through the New Year.

“Through travel and everyday life, I experience great anticipation to see extraordinary places and things in a new context.”