Description Original done in pastel on panel. 36x60 inchesFilmed in Texas, Giant was the last of three films James Dean starred in and earned him his second Oscar nomination for his performance - he was just 24. He promised director George Stevens that he wouldn't drive his new car, the Porsche 550 Spyder (nicknamed Little Bastard), for the full duration of filming. It was only after the film wrapped that he was killed in a car accident on his way to a professional race. Often described as intense, polite, and a bit of a loner, he befriended co-star Elizabeth Taylor shortly after filming began. A Hollywood veteran by this time, she took him under her wing and introduced him to a lot of her friends. They shared a genuine chemistry both off camera and on and their mutual affection of one another is obvious throughout the film.
Robert Scott Chiarella, Toronto Member Since April 2007 Artist Statement My work falls somewhere between classical and representational realism - with a touch of romanticism thrown in. I have a love for the visible and the sensory worlds and I strive to depict the beauty both in people and in everyday subjects, without idealization. Through my observations and awareness, I try to move past a static photographic interpretation and bring an energy and completeness to my compositions with a sense of order, beauty, and harmony.
My love of portraiture carries over into another one of my favorite subjects - old Hollywood.
It wasn't just the films themselves that hooked me, I've always been fascinated by the behind-the-scenes situations surrounding the filming. In a way it's like lifting a veil and getting a better look at the person behind the persona.
My Silver Screen series is both a study and a celebration of some of my favorite 20th Century films and icons.