paintings by Pat Boyer
L’Arena Daily   Incontro virtuale tra musica e pittura

Roberto Ceruti composes for an American artist
June 7, 2001 


Virtual meeting of music and painting

Tomorrow morning at 11 a.m., at the Galleria Scala Arte, in front of Castelvecchio, the exhibition of an important union of music and painting will take place. Audio-visual shows do not represent an absolute novelty, but the unpublished event is the singular inspiration of two people across a great distance: the American painter Pat Boyer and the Veronese composer Roby Ceruti, and at the center of their respective attention is the Arena.

Pat was born in Michigan, and she moved later to Haverford, where she currently resides, while working in Norristown in Pennsylvania. Recently, she exhibited her work at the Rockefeller Arts Center Gallery, the State University of New York and Fredonia College, and she has won some prestigious awards, such as the Woodmere Art Museum Award.

Ceruti is Veronese, and was an active promoter of musical initiatives such as “Verona Beat,” “Toprock Verona,” “Blues Night,” “Rock Blues" and "Things Close By” and is the protagonist of many evenings of music with Renato and the Kings, the Caterpillars, Shel Shapiro and many others. As a composer, member of SIAE and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, he was already receiving honors in the seventies such as the Bauer Prize for Sport Cinematography (in the soundtrack category) and is the author of music for comedies performed by the Puka group, such as “Il Malessere” and also of various other music. As an artist, he is present in almost 50 discographies as a musician, composer, or art executive.

What was able to artistically join two people that don’t even know each other, who live in two different and distant places, both geographically and culturally? “Having frequented the Arena and its damp arcovoli (arch sections) for many years first as an passionate appreciator, then inspector of the stage orchestra, I was able to perceive these presences, like fluctuating energies, that were trying to make themselves clear using various forms. It’s something that stays with you”, says the Veronese composer, “and that leaves you with the desire to make known to others that which has filled your soul”. Then he recounts having begun to compose music without logical connections. One day, surfing the Internet, he casually encountered the works of Pat Boyer inspired by the Roman amphitheater, and he realized that the same sentiments were common to both artists. He decided therefore to dedicate the work he was composing - six pieces constructed instinctively in the space of a year - to Pat’s paintings and to unite them in a CD, together with a cultured polyphonic composition by Maestro Roberto Muttoni, which moves into the realm of the imagined surreal, under the title “Voice of Verona”, also the title of the show.

The surrealist painting, stretching toward the infinite and toward the annulment of space/time, combines perfectly with the “sonoric spheroids” made up of fugues, continual changes of tonality, and absence of prefabricated structures that erupted out of the Veronese musician’s mind. It is homage to an ambassador of Verona to the world, who will also be recognized by Giulio Tarmassia of the Giulietta Club.


Quotidiano L’Arena “Ispirati all’Arena i quadri dell’Americana Pat Boyer”
June 11, 2001

American Pat Boyer’s paintings
inspired by the Arena

“Pat Boyer: Voice of Verona” is the title of the exhibition that the American painter is ordaining

After having studied art at University and at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, Pat Boyer, inspired by the expressionism of Emil Nolde and the realism of Chaim Soutine, began to exhibit her works, participating in numerous collaborative shows and preparing several of her own in America and Europe.

For years, she has spent several weeks at a time in Italy and she stayed in Verona a few years ago, attending the Opera at the Arena, a place that fascinated her to the point of conceiving a series of paintings, all inspired by the Roman monument. With acrylics, pastels, and graphite, the painter interpreted this fantastic stone amphitheater, giving it organic forms and colors, sometimes dramatic, sometimes meditative.

Colorful resonances, figural deformations, and suspensions in space reach a level of painting that doesn't limit itself to recording what is seen, but interprets the image, transforming it with the act of painting. It almost seems that Pat Boyer, with her paintings, intends to lead the spectator “along an interior course using a sequence of lines evoking elliptical, airy and fluctuating shapes, as though floating in space, apparently weightless”. In this way, amid the varying repetition of the shape of the Arena, the American artist creates images that seem to be suggested more by a free, fascinating interior force than by the rationality of the composing gesture.


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