Collage isn’t necessarily the first thing that jumps out from Patrick LoCicero’s paintings. Rather, it’s likely to be a vintage carnival ride, a panama hat, or an exquisitely rendered porcelain vase—all recurring images in LoCicero’s vocabulary—that catches your eye. Pulling iconography from the past (1950s and earlier) and infusing sometimes related or wickedly surprising paper elements is this veteran artist’s way of composing clever, complex pictures. He shies away from the word nostalgia but nevertheless seeks to imbue his paintings with the historical associations of the papers, books, and other ephemera he incorporates into his compositions, each painting hinting at a compelling backstory waiting to be discovered.


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