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In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s force and the New Orleans devastation, Giuntini has sought to capture the greatness, energy, durability and strong tradition of jazz. Rather than just portraying musicians Giuntini offers us the spirit of Dixieland jazz. His vagabond jazz players are contorted, abstracted, and in general ghostly figures of the great jazz musicians.

Like Daumier who captured the essence of his subjects Giuntini paints clarinetists, trombonists and drummers in outline, sometimes in sharp colours as in Pink and Green and at others, in muted tones of gray or brown. Giuntini has been painting since childhood, choosing to eschew formal schooling in the arts so that he could maintain the freshness with which he renders his subjects. Giuntini paints images that convey raw emotions, in a direct involvement with his characters that is seldom seen in works imbued with academic training. Not to say that his works are naïve, they’re sophisticated exercises in line and colour, and especially composition.



From Left to Right: New Orleans Carnival, Rag Time, Medley. All pieces created in 2006, 4'4" x 4'4", oil on canvas



Jamming/Band, 2006, 4'4" x 4'", oil on canvas (left) Pink and Green, 2006, 4'4" x 4'", oil on canvas (right)

Throughout this series of Dixieland Jazz Musicians Giuntini exaggerates the player’s hands as a way of reiterating their manual prowess and their expressions to convey emotion.

Giuntini’s The Original Florence Dixielanders portrays another clarinetist this time off to the left side, feet together in profile, wearing a turquoise striped suit on a black background under-painted in red. The elements are balanced via a drawing of a drum announcing the band’s eponymous title with gold dots in the middle used to counterbalance the compositional design. Straining at his playing the clarinetist’s eyebrows arch and a tuft of his yellow hair flies to the left while his head moves. His hands are also exaggeratedly large and juxtaposed against the dark background in their light skin-tone. Giuntini has created these series of jazz musicians on a 4’4”x4’4” format canvases that relay the vitality and ardor of Dixieland. And, just as New Orleans has shown us its endurance by staging recent jazzfests after the catastrophe, Giuntini displays his lasting dedication to great painting and jazz.





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