Fresh Vision: While Linda Fantuzzo has been a mainstay of the Charleston art community for decades, she continues to push boundaries. Pictured here in her Bull Street studio, she takes a break from finishing a new work for her upcoming City Gallery exhibit.
Beauty in Ruin: Fantuzzo at work in her light-filled studio
El Dorado (acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019) was based on a plantation ruin near McClellanville.
All manner of art and artifacts inspire Fantuzzo.
Ascension (acrylic on canvas, 48 x 28 inches, 2019)
Darkness to Light (acrylic on linen, 40 x 30 inches, 2019) explore the play of light and motifs that “find ways in or ways out,” the artist says.
Early Work: In addition to painting, Fantuzzo was working in metals—such as the assemblages on display in her Cumberland Street studio—when she arrived in Charleston in the 1970s.
Fantuzzo (at left) with friend Cheryl Keats outside the artist’s Hasell Street studio
A range of works in her King Street space in 1986
Fantuzzo and fellow artists Kristi Ryba and Bruno Civitico take a break on a “painting day” at Magnolia Cemetery.
Big Show: In 2002, Fantuzzo curated “Larger Than Life: A Second-Story Show,” an exhibition of large outdoor works she and nine other local artists created and installed on buildings and landmarks around town for Piccolo Spoleto. Artists Kristi Ryba and Mary Walker pose before Ryba’s parade of dolls
The artists meet
Fantuzzo next to her work in progress
Manning Williams at work on his piece
Transitions (acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019)
Stairs at the Fort (acrylic on birch panel, 12 x 12 inches, 2014)
Mythic Realm (acrylic on birch panel, 40 x 40 inches, 2018)
Halation (acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, 2018)
The artist in her studio.
Bold Brush: Confined Ladder (oil on paper, 50 x 50 inches, 2019) demonstrates Fantuzzo’s breadth of technique, here using dry brush to explore an ephemeral interplay between passages and confinement.
Meet the master of atmosphere and light before her City Gallery exhibit this month