Communion: The Defeat of Absence

Sicilian painter Fabio Modica is among the most passionately collected young artists of our time. His seductive work is characterized by an operatic use of color to cinematically depict the faces of hauntingly beautiful women. Modica’s artistic virtuosity has earned him acclaim from critics, curators and collectors around the world.

Modica’s newest exhibition, Communion: The Defeat of Absence, is a tour de force in which he makes manifest his mandate to avoid the fall into an anarchist “everything is art” construct. His blunt, luscious application of paint in a kaleidoscopic array of color presents the human visage as a topography of the soul. Fabio’s process and pictorial language rebuke vacant vocabularies that have long dominated contemporary art, and further underscore his fundamental belief that the artist should take a moral responsibility toward the recipients of their artistic creation.

Like an artist-scenographer, he lays down multi-layered coats of vibrant paint spread over a tortured canvas with rigorous spatula strokes as if he was “action painting”. Fabio’s colors are to be considered as phantom, that is, sheer visual specters deprived of any physical reality and, insofar as one can imagine – to be deemed as pure emotions (Isaac Newton).  The artist makes sure that his figures look beyond the viewer’s gaze by projecting them into the metaphysical dimension of the whole of time.  .   .”incorruptible time” – which is past, present and future at once.  

Fabio Modica’s painting is a kind of devotion, a reverent homage to “presence”.  It is rooted in the Gnostic idea that we are, indeed, prisoners of matter – needing some means of liberation from the biological constraints of the human spirit.  Human creativity is one of the traditional means by which we slip the surly bonds of Earth (John Magee) without benefit of divine intervention.  This body of work acts as a delivery system to facilitate a “communion” between viewers and this transcendent dimension. 

About Bill Lowe Gallery

We are proud to be celebrating our 28th Anniversary with an exhibition of works by Fabio Modica and selected works by Thornton Dial, Hemraj, Reiner Heidorn, Ilidio Candja Candja, Bartolomeo Gatto and a host of other brilliant artists. 

For almost three decades, Bill Lowe Gallery has served as a portal to global visual culture for art enthusiasts around the world. Our unique juxtaposition of style and substance is articulated in exhibitions that embrace universal and eternal considerations with great visual drama. This has earned the gallery recognition as a sanctuary for the cross-cultural intersection of beauty and meaning. 

The gallery's philosophical architecture is built upon a reverence for the alchemical nature of artistic expression. Our vision honors the profoundly spiritual nature of visual language and the role it can play in affecting paradigm shifts at both a personal and societal level. 

It is with this mandate that we have assembled a world-class stable of artists who intuitively have their fingers on the pulse of the Universe. Their expression is not an ironic or satirical look at the human condition. Instead, the gallery’s program presents powerful, content-driven works that utilize technical mastery and a visual eloquence to transform the human heart and soul at intimate levels. 

For our collectors, the gallery is an oasis of beauty. Of civility. Of contemplation. This is coupled with a dynamism informed by a world view rooted in the metaphysical aspects of history, anthropology, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, and biology. Bill Lowe Gallery has a transformative impact that forever enlightens those who experience it.

Bill Lowe Gallery has become a cultural institution in the Southern United States. Our commitment is to reflect Atlanta's emergence as the world's new epicenter of art, science, and technology through a kinetic dialogue with artists and audiences across the globe.