"Religious Paintings Of The Expanded Galaxy" Exhibits In The U.S. For The First Time At Gallery 30 South

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Gallery 30 South, Pasadena's popular gallery for emerging and internationally renowned artists, is hosting an extraordinary exhibition titled "Religious Paintings of the Expanded Galaxy."  The exclusive exhibition features a rare collection of 17th and 18th century paintings re-painted by Italian artist Riccardo Mayr.

The exhibition is the first time this collection will be shown in the U.S.  Mayr transformed each painting by painting Star Wars characters or effects directly onto the canvas.  Star Wars and fine art collectors around the globe will have the opportunity to experience the bigger-than-life presentation where the art is for sale exclusively.

Mayr's story is an interesting one and began in Ferrara, Italy, his birthplace. Ferrara is well known through the centuries as being a place unique to both politics and art. It was a crucible of Renaissance thought and art and some of the greatest contemporary painters of all time come from the area including Giovanni Bellini, Bartolommeo, Raphael, Titian and Dosso Dossi.  

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The palazzo in which Mayr grew up is over 500 years old and has belonged to the Mayr family for more than 200 years. The castle-of-sorts is a time capsule hosting a collection of paintings that span 500 years and assembled by Riccardo's ancestors. Mayr grew up deeply affected by the colors, traditions and stories behind such art.

When Riccardo's mother, who was the matriarch of the family, passed away, it was up to Riccardo and his sister to take on the daunting task of looking after a vast collection of paintings put together during the last 200 years which still remained in the family. The collection included priceless antiques and paintings.  During this transition, Riccardo Mayr pondered the massive responsibility and spent time viewing the rows of ancient paintings. He considered the inherent sacrifice in the religious paintings of the family collection. It was at that time that he often remembered running through the sequence of Baroque rooms as a child and impersonating characters of the first Star War movies. Mayr connected the dots between his past and present and thus, the genesis of Religious Paintings of the Expanded Galaxy began.


Riccardo Mayr "Escape From Gliese 832c" After Guido Reni, 17th century (The Escape to Egypt)
Oil on canvas, 125x175cm (49×68 in.) $30,000

Examples of the collection include the painting titled "The Long Lost Hologram Message" painted over a 17th century Ferrarese School painting titled "St. Francis of Paolo" or "The Escape from Glies 832c, after Guido Reni painted on a 17th century painting titled "The Escape to Egypt."

The exhibition opens and runs through the end of January 2018.  Hours are Wednesday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 12Noon – 6:00 p.m.  

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"Religious Paintings of the Expanded Gallery is an inspiration from the past, an unexpected twist in our present and a proof for future generations," said Matt Kennedy, owner of Gallery 30 South. "We are so honored to be the exclusive host of this extraordinary collection, one of which we may not see the likes of for many years to come."

The exhibition features Riccardo Mayr's "Manchild," "Arc of Constantine and Star Destroyer," "Escape from Glies 832c (Darth Vader) after Guido Reni," "Remote Training at Sicher's Well" and others. All can be viewed with details at http://gallery30south.com/expanded-universe/

An exclusive media preview has been announced for Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 10:00am -4:00pm 

Master painter uses Star Wars characters to paint over 17th And 18th Century Paintings. Original 17th And 18th Century paintings use characters from Star Wars to reimagine the epic franchise into masterful art creations while launching a new Pop Culture phenomenon


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