"In Search of van de Velde II"
David Teti, of Torrington, is a 1975 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has shown his work consistently since that time. While persuing his art career, Mr. Teti turned to sign painting to make a living, and two years ago opened his own business called "Signs and Lettering." His professional work can be seen on many offices and stores throughout Litchfield County, ranging from precise gold hand lettering to major store front signboards and lighting design.
With that self-support in place, Mr. Teti has been able to spend time restoring antique Edison fans and Gramophones, and go beyond painting in contemporary styles -- to develop his own system of Baroque Dynamism, like Caravaggio's energized, moody figures, or the city- and sea-scapes of Dutchmen like Jacob van Ruisdael or the works of van de Velde family.
In this series of monoprints, Mr. Teti has produced prints of the sea-battles by which Holland and England were able to break the grip of Spanish naval superiority. "My work," he explains, "remains on the brink of two realms of aesthetics, the physical and the imaginative, to reaffirm harmony in an appearance of chaos."
Mr. Teti is represented by the Clapp & Tuttle Gallery in Woodbury, and has shown his work in the "Matter of the Heart" 1992 exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, at the Wadsworth Atheneum, at the Slater Museum in Norwich, at the Duncan Galleries in New York and Paris, and recently at the Landmark Gallery in Wallingford. In March '93, he was in a two-person show at the Bushnell Theatre Promenade Gallery in Hartford, called "Gilded Edges --Bridging the Distance of Time and Space." Also in 1993, he won an award jurored by Holly Solomon, at the Silvermine Guild Spring Exhibition.
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