It’s the last chance to see paintings of Portland food workers on the job in some of the city’s best known restaurants. Dan Graziano’s solo exhibit, “Dining” at Roux & Cyr, ends this Sunday, Feb. 28.
Graziano and gallery owner’s husband, Mike McCallister, went on a two-day photo spree through area restaurants including David’s restaurant, the Grill Room, Corner Room, Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room, Harbor Fish Market and Bull Feeney’s. Then Graziani holed up in his studio in Castine and painted feverishly for a month to produce the show. The result is a moody, sultry study of the gesture and elegance of cooks and servers, heads pointed intently into the task of kneading, chopping, or pouring, as the fiery pink underpainting peeks through dark colors of dimlit rooms, and contrasting gashes of white in an apron or shirt.
McCallister’s photos from the same restaurants will open March 4, during First Friday Art Walk.