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September 10, 2016 - October 15, 2016 

Artist Reception is Saturday, September 10th, 6-8pm


Fred Giampietro Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculptures by Robert Taplin and paintings by John Benicewicz. At first glance, one immediately identifies the figure as a commonality between the two artists works. Upon further evaluation, the exhibition exposes an underlying emotional response to society’s personifications of human behaviors.


Robert Taplin’s on-going “History of Punch” series, while deeply rooted historically with Tiepolo’s Punchinello, places Punch in contemporary, current events situations. Robert Taplin’s most recent show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 2015 was centered on the Punch iconography as will his New Haven debut show at Fred Giampietro Gallery. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has received numerous awards and grants, most notably from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Taplin is a self-taught artist with a degree in Medieval Studies from Pomona College in Claremont, CA.


John Benicewicz is a New York based painter, who studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  His work demonstrates an incredible understanding and sensitivity to color, composition, and classic techniques. Benicewicz’s paintings focus on the, “real, the perceived, the past, present, and future . . . mapping various times and places . . .” The work, like that of Robert Taplin, places the figure contextually in both the past and present simultaneously with reference to the narrative as well as classic execution.