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  • Show at Tree’s Place


    Fishing Shack in Allen Cove, 35×43″ (90x110cm)


    This Saturday May 21st there is a show of my work opening at Tree’s Place Gallery in Orleans, on Cape Cod.  It’s a two-person show, the other artist’s work featured is Marcia Burtt.  The opening is from 5-7:00 and I will be there- the show runs through June 2nd.  If you’re in the area, stop by for a glass of wine and a chat.

    Below are a couple of other paintings in the show that are not in the online catalogue:



    Spring in Gloucester, 16×20″ (40x50cm)



    Morning Mist, Blue Rocks 24×30″ (60x75cm)



    Halved Pomegranate 6×8″ (15x20cm)


    Click here to see the online catalogue for the show.  

  • Still Life Paintings

    It’s time to post some work, show folks what I have been up to.  As usual, I spent some time painting outdoors this winter, though our snow left much to be desired this year.  In a way, that was a bit helpful, it encouraged me to stay in the studio and start doing some still life painting again.  It had been at least a few years since I painted still life in earnest, so it has been great to delve into it again- as one might expect, my approach is now quite different than it was back in 2006-2010 when I painted primarily still lives.  I have been enjoying them.




    The batch of paintings below is part of a still life exhibition ‘Stillness‘ at Ann Long Fine Art in Charleston, SC.  The show opens this Thursday, and you can see whats in the exhibition by clicking here.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it down for the opening, Charleston is a really fun, beautiful town with great food and weather.



    Fennel and Spring Onion 12×10″


    Honeydew_and_Grapes 9.5x11.5%22

    Honeydew and Grapes 10×12″



    Single Pomegranate 10×8″



    Halved Avocado 10×12″


    Bunch of Asparagus 12×16″



    Cauliflower and Onion, Warm Light 10×14″



    Watermelon Slice 12×16″



    Then, the below four still lifes went off to the gallery I show with in Boston, Sloane Merrill Gallery.  They are not part of an big exhibition, but I was there the other day and most are currently hanging if you stop in at the gallery.  The below painting is my favorite painting from this year thus far.




    Pear and Pomegranate 11×14″



    Poggio Antico and Pomegranate 16×20″



    Artichoke, Tomatoes and Garlic 10×15″



    Breakfast 12×16″


    The below batch has gone off to a variety of places, and a couple I still have.  The top picture with the three clementines is going to be part of a 2-Person show I’m participating in next month at Tree’s Place gallery in Orleans, MA, down in Cape Cod.  That show opens on May 21st, I’ll be at the opening, and the show runs through labor day weekend to June 3rd.



    Spotlight 13×22″



    Single Turnip 9×16″



    Watermelon Radishes 10×12″



    Sliced Pear 10×14″



    Satsuma Mandarins 10×14″



    Pomegranates 7×10″


    As this post has become a bit long, I will do a separate one for recent landscape paintings.


  • NBMAA Acquisition, Cape Sounio

    Received news today that my 2011 studio painting ‘Poseidon’s Temple at Sounio’ has been acquired by the New Britain Museum of American Art for their permanent collection.  The New Britain is one of the only museums today in the states that supports and exhibits living ‘traditional’ painters.  They were kind enough to include a painting of mine from a private collection in their 2013 exhibition ‘A Joint Venture’ and speaking from that, I can say it is a very humbling experience seeing your painting hanging next to your heroes.  I’ll be happy to visit this older picture of mine in their collection sometime, it will be in good company.   Painting is, in essence, trying to connect yourself and place yourself within not only the context of ‘today’ but the historical lineages through which you feel grounded- so a painting being placed next to artists that you consider masters make that concept crystal-clear.


    Sounio, 90x120

    Poseidon’s Temple at Sounion, Morning 35×47″


    Painting the monuments is an ongoing project for me- perhaps because I have 2 architects in the family, I’ve always been attracted to painting architecture.  It is surprisingly difficult to obtain permission to paint the monuments in Greece-  Ruins in Italy and Spain can be a bit difficult to gain access to with an easel, but the Greek historical commission has passed some law specifically banning any tripods, probably because of professional photographers coming and using the ruins as subject.  Thankfully, now my Greek is much better and I can hold my own, arguing my way in at times.  Still, if you bump into the right guard they are just so happy to have an artist come and work.


    Below is the color sketch that I painted on site- I also did drawings, took photos and just spent hours looking at the thing.  My wife’s grandparents live just down the street from Sounio so I’m able to spend time there when I’m in Greece.  Though it looks a bit rough, I spent three mornings trying to paint this little color sketch, sitting down, with my easel weighted.  I still nearly lost the painting over the cliff at one point.  It was incredibly windy.


    Sounio, morning 30x40

    Poseidon’s Temple at Sounion, Morning 12×16″




    Cape Sounio 11×14″


    I was able to make it back to Sounio to paint again this past winter, the above  sketch was the result.  It was in my show at Sloane Merrill earlier this year, perhaps it will become a studio picture as well at some point.


    Though this will be the first public collection in America to have one of my paintings, though the Museum of Landscape in Plyos, Ivanovo, Russia has one of my pictures in exchange for my trip there back in 2013.  No idea if it has since been exhibited in the museum there, though I would love to find out.

  • Demonstration at the MFA Boston

    On two Sundays in October I will running a class and artist demonstration at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston- I was asked to coincide my talk and demo with their upcoming superstar show, ‘Class Distinctions in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer”.  Of course, to speak on artists of their caliber, two of my biggest heroes at the museum that I grew up visiting is a huge honor, and I’m very much looking forward to it.  I will have some examples of my work out, a live model from which I will be painting a portrait and a table of materials that would have been used by Dutch 17th-Century painters.  This will be half-talk on materials and process, half demo, and I will be answering questions throughout.  It’s free and open to anyone who comes to the museum on October 11th or October 25th.


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    Join Leo Mancini-Hresko for an artist demonstration focusing on techniques of 17th century Dutch portrait painters. Learn how to successfully capture the sensitivity and nuance of the subject. Afterward, visit the exhibition “Class Distinctions: Dutch Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer” Gund Gallery (LG 31) and explore how artists represented the different social strata in the Dutch Republic.

    Leo Mancini-Hresko studied at the Florence Academy of Art and after graduating in 2005 continued on as an instructor and subsequently became the director of the school’s drawing program for sculptors.  Additionally, Mr. Mancini-Hresko  taught regular courses in plein-air landscape painting and artist materials until leaving the school in 2011. He relocated to his native Massachusetts and now paints and teaches from his studio in an old mill building in Waltham, MA using traditional artist materials, often his own hand-ground paints, prepared canvases and oils.

    This is an ongoing program. Come anytime and stay for as long as you’d like.


    Click here to be taken to a link on the Rembrandt and Vermeer show


  • Solo Show at Sloane Merrill Gallery

    This coming Friday, April 24th, I have a show opening at Sloane Merrill Gallery here in Boston.  showedited


    It’ll be a mix of work on view-some local paintings of New England, a few of the snowscapes from this past winter, and a few paintings from Greece.  My commission of the Dalai Lama from last year will be borrowed back for the opening as well.

    I’ve been consciously exploring how to apply American Impressionist aesthetics and color to modern subject matter, and this show will be highlighting that aspect of what I’ve been up to.


    The opening’s from 6:30-9:00, come out and say hello.


    Edit 05/07/15:

    Click here for a short article ‘Modern Impressionist’ on my show in Fine Art Today, Fine Art Connoisseur’s online version

    Click here to link to a recent post on my work at Charley Parker’s art Blog, Lines and Colors

    And here are some high-res images of the work at the show:















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