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Bratsa Bonifacho, Accented Staccato

Bratsa Bonifacho, Accented Staccato (2014), oil on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]

Bratsa Bonifacho: Grazioso Sempre

Foster/White Gallery
Seattle WA – Sep 5-27, 2014

Bau-Xi Gallery
Vancouver BC – Sep 13-27, 2014

Bratsa Bonifacho, The Answer Is…

Bratsa Bonifacho, The Answer Is… (2014), acrylic on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


Bratsa Bonifacho, Près de la Table

Bratsa Bonifacho, Près de la Table (2014), acrylic on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


Bratsa Bonifacho, Fantaisies Symphonique
Bratsa Bonifacho, Fantaisies Symphonique (2014), acrylic on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


Bratsa Bonifacho, Cantata da Camera
Bratsa Bonifacho, Cantata da Camera (2014), oil on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


Bratsa Bonifacho extends his ongoing interest in using grid-like compositions and letterforms to convey ideas and feelings abstractly in this new series of canvasses based on the beauty and power of classical music. Beethoven, Bach and Buxtehude, among others, provide a musical backdrop in Bonifacho’s studio to which the artist responds by allowing the energetic and subtle inflections of music to inform and activate his work.

Bonifacho is a well-known Vancouver artist who has been painting for over 50 years. His thoughtful abstractions of the last decade have incorporated text and alphabet characters to touch on contemporary society. In his Grazioso Sempre pieces, identifiable letter symbols are highly deconstructed into rhythmic forms, pure simplified shapes, and obscured overlapping semblances of text that together form the voice in these otherwise purely abstract paintings.

In many of the pieces, recognizable letters are turned sideways. Some can be seen as mirroring musical notes that follow the stream of multi-layered instrumentation or vocals in the cantatas and symphonies Bonifacho listens to while painting. The bold and beautiful graphic quality of Bonifacho’s paintings evoke shifting tempos that gracefully express the magnitude of movement, physicality and deep textural sounds in classical music compositions.

Allyn Cantor





















































Bratsa Bonifacho, Littérateur

Bratsa Bonifacho, Littérateur (2014), oil on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


 Sun, Sep 7, 2014