''Main Beach Memories'', Laguna Beach, signed lower right: Mottola, signed again, titled and inscribed verso: Laguna Beach, CA, oil on masonite, 12'' H x 10'' W, est: $3000/5000
Note: 'Filastro Mottola (1915-2008) was attracted to the liveliness of the beach scene, with its throngs of bathers and sun worshippers in their bathing costumes, somewhat similar to the East Coast impressionists William Glackens (1870-1938) and Edward Potthast (1857-1927). In the late 1990s, he became a prolific recorder of the Laguna Beach scene, always working with a vivid, rich, color palette. Not since California impressionist William Griffith (1846-1940) in the 1930s and modernist Roger Kuntz (1926-1975) in the early 1970s painted Laguna Beach as their subject matter had such a skilled artist, like Mottola, delved so intensely into painting the active beach life. In his painting Main Beach Memories, his short daubs of painterly brushstrokes and variegated color palette created the necessary textures and movement he required for the sand. The juxtaposition of color accents in the umbrella played against this neutral platform. Mottola had a special ability to describe the human in motion or at rest. He led our eye from the couple at rest in the foreground to the bathers in mid-distance and to the higher plane of bathers next to the ocean. Mottola's early formal training equipped him well to accomplish the proper perspective to moving his figures throughout the picture plane, and his understanding of the human anatomy gave validity to his bathers' forms.''
Patricia Trenton, Ph.D. and curator of the upcoming 2017 exhibition ''The Golden Twenties: Portraits and Figures of Joseph Kleitsch'' at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
. Provenance: Private Collection, Dana Point, CA
Visual: Generally good condition. A small spot of paint loss upper right. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.