May 17, 2023 — Jun 17, 2023
FDP Collection and KDR305 present Getaways by Artist Johhny Defeo. DeFeo's paintings depict escapist tableaus of homes that emerge from a rich mix of fantasy and luxury, with views of sun-drenched domestic interiors in exaggerated environments. As a Plein-air painter, DeFeo begins each painting with a landscape, a place he either loves or longs to spend time within.
DeFeo defines each space with a series of parameters set by his senses, capturing a feeling of who may have lived or worked in these spaces. Each reimagined location is filled with vibrantly rendered furniture, paintings, sculptures, knickknacks, vegetation, and scenery, shaping an overarching portrait of the self that identifies objects and locations as signifiers of human characteristics.
DeFeo's works are a quiet commentary on the real estate industry and land ownership, simultaneously covetable yet absurd through his eyes. In the absence of people, the paintings sit as empty spaces encouraging quiet exploration, engaging a part of the mind that desires to know a place more intimately, or better yet, to tempt viewers to travel there themselves. The works will be exhibited alongside a curated selection of vintage furniture from the FDP Collection.
Johnny DeFeo is a Taos-based artist who earned his MFA from the University of Colorado. His works have been included in exhibitions at prestigious galleries, Chris Worley, Dallas TX; KDR305, Miami, FL, 1969 Gallery, New York, NY, The Valley, Taos,NM; Visions West Contemporary, Denver, Bozeman, Livingston; Van Rensburg Gallery, Milton, AUS; Meyer Riegger, Berlin Germany; and The University of Denver Museum of Art.