"Bleached White," an oil painting by Pembroke Pines artist Tom De Vita, depicts a woman working intently while wearing a respirator. Alongside the masked woman, in the same painting, is another version of her, unsmiling and looking downward. Throughout the painting, small wind-up chattering teeth toys seem to be floating in midair.
|"Prop Breathe" by Tom De Vita|
It's an image that may compel people to fill in gaps. Ditto for "Birdman Watching," De Vita's painting that's on exhibit in "The Sincerity Project" at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines. It depicts a bearded man who appears to be watching viewers. Surrounding him are a sparrow, a Yellow-headed Blackbird and an Eastern Bluebird, each perched on a branch that appears to be attached to nothing or maybe protruding from the man's head or shoulder.
These works are typical of the portraits De Vita began painting in 2008. He considers them figurative paintings rooted in art history but "created through contemporary eyes."
To read the rest of Arterpillar's story, visit the Sun-Sentinel's June 17, 2012 Lifestyle section.