When thinking of an artist’s workspace, what typically comes to mind is a studio—whether it be a spacious industrial loft or a well-lit room in the corner of a cottage. But a treehouse? That’s a new one.
Not for John Napoli, who designed and built his treehouse studio, dubbed “La Tour Chaleureux et Accueillant de la Lumière,” over 10 years ago. Longing for a studio space in which he could break free from stifling artificial lighting and maximize the use of natural sunlight, Napoli built his creative space 30 feet off the ground, with a west-facing panoramic window to capture the sunset every night.
“My intention was to find a way to capture experiences in nature real-time,” Napoli explains, “the impact of changing light on the landscape, the continuously changing skies, the look of the world around. I was driven to capture the essence of the unfolding of creation in nature.” And capture it he does, in bold oil paintings and oil pastel/colored pencil drawings that burst with movement and energy. Working fluidly between both mediums, he stretches the boundaries of each, creating painting-like drawings as well as intricate oil paintings with a tangible sense of structure, rhythm, and flow.
A lifelong artist, Napoli has been drawing since childhood and painting since he was a teenager. He attended New York’s Parsons The New School for Design and California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, the arts conservatory at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Ever since graduating, he’s been pursuing his career as an independent artist in order to explore and develop his own creative vision.
Switching to working solely in his treehouse year-round “has had a profound impact on my work, affecting my inspiration, composition, palette and style,” Napoli says. At last, the subject that inspires him most—nature and its ever-changing forms—literally surrounds him from dawn until late evening, allowing him to capture the vivid colors, picturesque beauty, and continuously changing light he sees right in front of him onto the canvas.
Having never before exhibited his work during his more-than-25-year career, Napoli is excited to share his art publicly for the first time at Artexpo New York 2015. He’ll be at [SOLO] booth S318, just off the SOLO Lounge. Make sure to give him a warm welcome!