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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Georgianne Fastaia

by Carrie Turner on 9/5/2012 3:19:54 AM

This article is by Carrie Turner, editor of FineArtViews. During her tenure as editor, FineArtViews has been mentioned or referenced by The Huffington Post, WorldNetDaily (WND), artnet, COMPANY, American Artist Magazine, ArtBizBlog, The Abundant Artist, EmptyEasel and many other publications and blogs. You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.


The Big Girl by Georgianne Fastaia



Georgianne Fastaia describes herself as a self-taught artist. She has focused on painting since 2001. Her dedication to the art of painting has spurred recognition for her studio practice. Concerning her artwork, Georgianne has said, "I am interested in exploring the tension between the heavily worked surfaces and the opaque spaces surrounding my abstract figures: crowding the canvas, larger than life, conveying a barely contained kinetic energy."


Muslim Girls Studying by Georgianne Fastaia



Concerning her artistic process, artist Georgianne Fastaia has also said, "I believe that what you discard or cover up in a painting is as important as what remains visible. I strive to make paintings which tell a story with minimal information; a visual haiku." She adds, "A painting carries within it every choice the artist made when creating it, the conscious thought about what it should look like as well as the energy resulting from the Artist's physical relationship with the canvas and every crossed out, erased and painted over false start. The impetus behind every mark I make on the canvas is to "transform the mistake"."


Art critic Brian Sherwin commented on Georgianne Fastaia's paintings, stating, "I enjoy the physicality of Georgianne's process and methods. The raw quality of her paintings capture a psychological vibe that begs me to think about the meaning behind the images – and the visual relationship between the artist and viewer." Sherwin added, "These works provide viewers with a raw narrative... one that is both alluring and haunting."


Beast of Burden by Georgianne Fastaia

(Oil on Canvas)


Georgianne Fastaia is currently represented by NIETO FINE ART. You can learn more about Georgianne and her artwork by visiting



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I'd love to see this work in person. It obviously has a rough or layered thing going on with lots of depth. Wonder if photography will ever be able to really convey that (esp on the internet???)

georgianne fastaia
Dear April,

My website is vague about how I achieve a weathered, water damaged look in my work...."I have been refining an experimental technique for removing layers of paint which I call a lift. This unorthodox process reveals ghosts of underlying imagery and has become my own form of storytelling: visually communicating abstract concepts of impermanence and fragility."

For awhile I was afraid to share my technique, however it's become increasingly clear that I really don't have to fear other artists pouring Murphys oil soap directly onto (still tacky) oil paint, then rinsing the whole thing with a hose, to achieve a "water damaged" look. This application of Oil based enamel paint (garden variety Rustoleum) and regular oil paint, removed with soap and water in a relief process is my "experimental" technique.

Thanks for your comment.


Brian Sherwin
Georgianne -- Thank you for going into further detail about your process / technique. :)


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