You all know and love ArtRocks! Paul Frontiero, Jr. and his artwork, but did you know that his father, Paul Frontiero, Sr. was an exceptional oil painter. There is an exhibit of his work at the State of the Art Gallery at 4 Wonson Street on Rocky Neck (next to the Cultural Center), with an Opening Reception on Saturday, August 31 from 2:00-6:00pm. The exhibit runs August 18-September 23. Gallery is open Thursdays-Sundays from noon to 5:00pm. It is a lovely space and the exhibit is beautiful. If you can’t make the opening, do stop by and see the exhibit on one of their open days.
Paul Frontiero (1925- 2012)
Paul Frontiero was born and brought up in Gloucester, a native of the Cape Ann area. Paul not only comes from a long line of fishermen ancestry but was a fisherman himself, for over half of his life-time.
He fished from as far south as the Diamond Shoals of the Carolina’s to as far north as the Grand Banks off St. John’s, Newfoundland and Canada.
The many hours Paul spent in the small dories made him realize the expansiveness of the sea, at times so calm and then again a raging fury. Although he painted other subject matter, most of his paintings are of his life on the sea. As a boy on the boats, he would often rough pencil sketch on anything that was at hand – paper bags, old wooden planks, and even on the side of the same dories that he spent so many hours on. Each and every painting has a spiritual quality that reveals Mr. Frontiero’s deep love for the sea.
Mr. Frontiero maintained a year-round gallery off of Highway 128 in Gloucester for many years.