Today is the final day of the 2012 Naples International Art & Antique Fair. The doors of the Naples International Pavilion open at 11 and close at 5 p.m. So there is still time to attend this unique, carefully vetted show and meet some of the 28 outstanding art and antique dealers, international galleries and world-renowned jewelers who are exhibiting at the show.
One such gallery is E.L. Oakes Gallery from West Palm Beach, Florida.
Interest in the way people lived in bygone times and cultures is what drew Gene Oakes into the world of fine art. “I started out in 1984 in 18th century furniture,” Oakes explains, “but it wasn’t long before I found my way into 19th century paintings. They depict a time that’s close enough to be relatable, but far enough away to still be interesting.”
An artist in Oakes’ collection who epitomizes the genre of culturally historical painting is Cornelis Christiaan Dommelshuizen. Though mostly self-taught, Dommelshuizen traveled to Belgium, France, England and the United States to familiarize himself with the major schools of painting in each of these countries. He eventually settled in The Hague and specialized in painting town scenes, cityscapes and scenes on the water and along riverbanks. He exhibited in Amsterdam from 1860 until 1892, as well as in various places throughout Holland.
In the paintings that Gene Oakes brought to display at Naples International, Dommelshuizen skillfully renders historic buildings and town folk, portraying them in the soft light of late afternoon. Calm patterns of everyday life are carried out within the space of the pictures, organized by way of the architectural lines and planes of the buildings, walkways, and courtyards.
The light and color grow warmer and brighter as the space within the painting recedes. This use of color, the forms of the buildings and the depictions of the townspeople all lend veracity to Dommelshuizen’s depiction of 19th-century Dutch life, as communicated by the artist through the poetic language of his painting.
There are many other 19th century paintings to enjoy within the confines of Oakes booth (304) inside the Naples International Pavilion.
The Pavilion is located at 4835 Immokalee Road in North Naples. It’s located at the intersection of Immokalee Road and Livingston Road and is just one-half mile west of the I-75 interchange.
For more information about Naples International Art & Antique Fair, please telephone 239-949-5411 or visit www.ifae.com.