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Scottdale native to have art show in Pittsburgh

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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These are among the works of Scottdale native Richard Claraval that will be on display Nov. 1-25 at the Spinning Plate Gallery in Pittsburgh

Scottdale native Richard Claraval will have an art show from Nov. 1-25 at the Spinning Plate Gallery, 5720 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh.

An opening of the show titled “Ignudi: Two series of Drawings Based on the Nude Youths of Michelangelo” is planned from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 9 with food and beverages.

Claraval, a 1970 graduate of Southmoreland High School, uses the Ignudi, or nude youths, of Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling as inspiration for creating Abstract Expressionist gesture.

In the larger charcoal on paper pieces, up to 62” x 56”, each Ignudo is shaded in traditional renaissance hatching style. At the same time, inspired by the gesture of the figure, Claraval creates spontaneous, abstract gestures that flow outward from it into the surrounding space and take on a life of their own.

In the smaller drawings, all 17” x 14”, graphite on paper, geometry is incorporated as a structural element. Over the outline of each of the Ignudi three equal sized rectangles are drawn very lightly. The parts of the human form within each of these are then shaded three dimensionally and also fused with various types of gesture. Then one large, bold line is woven through all the elements to integrate the entire drawing.

His work, including sculpture, has won awards and been featured in exhibits throughout the Pittsburgh area, including the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 100th Annual Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2010.

His mother, Charlotte Claraval, still lives in Scottdale.

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