Colnaghi Gallery Exhibition in London: Paulette Tavormina & Old Master Still Lifes

This month marks a momentous event for me, the opening of an exhibition of my photographs alongside Old Master still lifes at Colnaghi Gallery in London. The exhibit runs May 23 – June 23.

Jorge Coll, the CEO of Colnaghi said of the show, "We are delighted to be working with Paulette for this exhibition." I feel the same way. It is a dream come true to be exhibiting at Colgnagi with its rich and revered history. It’s truly an honor to have my photographs featured alongside selections from the gallery’s quintessential Old Master paintings.  

This show is the culmination of shared passion and immense dedication; a uniquely collaborative experience in which I was fortunate and grateful to work closely with the curators and their associates whose collective vision is reflected in this exhibition. 

Featured are photographs from several of my series over the last eight years including newer images such as the Orchard Pears, 2016 and Zebra Finches and Tulips, 2017. I had always hoped my photographs would affect someone as deeply as the Old Master paintings have affected me. To have the works in conversation is the realization of my greatest artistic aspiration.  

Art is a continuum; the past and present are timeless, woven together with gossamer threads. When captured in a photograph or a painting, still life gives immortality to a single moment in all its beauty and fragility. I once read an inscription on a Vanitas painting, "Eram Qvod Es." The translation resonates with me, "Once I was where you are now." 

In their press release (featured below), Colnaghi's Coll kindly said, "Still lives are perhaps the most timeless of pictures, so it has been a fascinating process selecting Old Master paintings and photographs for the exhibition alongside such an insightful contemporary still life artist." 

Colnaghi Gallery is located at 26 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AL. 


Featured images:

Botanical VII,Tulips, 2013, Paulette Tavormina

Allegory of the Seasons by lo Spadino (1649-1730)

Still Life With Quince and Jug, 2014, Paulette Tavormina

Still Life with Apples, Strawberries, Watermelon, Boxes of Sweetmeats, Honey-pot and Cask by Luis Egidio Melendez (1716-1780)

Sotheby's Presents 'Luxe: Art of the Table'

This week, Sotheby's presented 'Luxe: The Art of the Table', a celebration of silver, European ceramics and 19th-century furniture and decorative arts. 

I was thrilled to collaborate with the team and take the photographs for the exhibit and catalogue. I styled and photographed the vignettes to showcase the luxury and artful craftsmanship of each piece. 

The Exhibit 

For the exhibit, the photographs were blown up and displayed as vinyl. 

The Catalogue

AIPAD is here again!

The Robert Mann Gallery is exhibiting my Orchard Pears, 2016 so hope you will be able to stop by. The booth number is 306. This year it is being held at Pier 94 (711 12th Avenue).


Orchard Pears, 2016

Orchard Pears, 2016

Happy Spring all!

Tavormina to Deliver Lecture at University of Notre Dame

Paulette Tavormina is to deliver a public lecture in connection with the exhibition Seizing Beauty: Photographs by Paulette Tavormina at the Snite Museum of Art on the campus of The University of Notre Dame.  The lecture is scheduled for September 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and is open to students, faculty and the general public.

News of a Pollock-Krasner Grant

I was thrilled to receive word from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. that I have been selected as a 2016 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant.  The foundation was established in 1985 "for the purpose of providing financial assistance to individual working artists of established ability". It was established at the bequest of Lee Krasner, an American abstract expressionist painter and widow of fellow painter Jackson Pollock.

Tavormina's work featured as PDN Photo of the Day

On May 27, 2016, PDN Online, the online publication of Photo District News featured a set of Paulette's photographs under the title "Lush Life" in it's PDN Photo of the Day series. Click here for a link to the page.  Holly Stuart Hughes of PDN Online writes: "While the Old Masters showed off a dazzling ability to render the skin of a peach using brush strokes, Tavormina's virtuosity is in her meticulously accurate recreations of the warmth and drama of Old Master paintings."  

Special Edition Set Available for Purchase

The special edition set, which is limited to 30 editions, is comprised of a signed copy of the newly published monograph, Paulette Tavormina : Seizing Beauty, in a beautiful cloth slipcover, together with a choice of one of two limited edition archival digital prints.  The two prints which the purchaser can choose from are Peaches and Hydrangeas, After G.G., 2015 or Vanitas IV, Dreams, After A.C., 2015.  The special edition prints are each printed on 10" x 12" Hahnemühle photo rag paper.  The price is $1,000 plus shipping and handling of $30.  Please contact Paulette at or 516-770-6278 to place an order.

Peaches and Hydrangeas, After G.G., 2015

Peaches and Hydrangeas, After G.G., 2015

Vanitas IV, Dreams, After A.C., 2015

Vanitas IV, Dreams, After A.C., 2015

The New York Times reviews Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty

On April 20, 2016, The New York Times published a review by Gay Gassman of the newly released Paulette Tavormina : Seizing Beauty in its online T Magazine. The article was headlined Vivid Images That Aren't Old Masters - but Look Just Like Them and included a slideshow of 18 images.

Lemons and Pomegranates, After J.V.H., 2010

Lemons and Pomegranates, After J.V.H., 2010

Then, in its April 24, 2016 print edition, The New York Times published a portion of the review. The article, also by Gay Gassman and headlined Master Photographer is reproduced below.

Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty - Special Edition Offer

I am thrilled to share the news that The Monacelli Press will be publishing a 160-page monograph, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty, in April 2016.

In advance of the release, Robert Klein Gallery and I are proudly offering a special edition set comprised of a signed copy of Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty in a cloth slipcase together with a choice of one of two images (shown below): Peaches and Hydrangeas, after G.G., 2015, or Vanitas IV Dreams, after A.C.,2015. The print edition is limited to 30 and is inclusive of both images. The proceeds will fund my first solo museum show at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, which opens in April 2016.

The special edition set retails for $1,000 plus shipping. All books will be delivered late April or early May 2016. 
The sizes of the prints are on 10"x12" Hahnemühle paper.

For further information regarding this special edition set, or to place an order, please contact

Warm wishes,


Seizing Beauty Cover 11.30.jpg
Peaches and Hydrangeas, After G.G. 2015
Vanitas IV Dreams, After A.C. 2015

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops - Paulette to teach April 3-8, 2016

The Art of Still Life Photography 
with Paulette Tavormina
April 3 - April 8, 2016

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

Still lifes have intrigued artists since the beginning of recorded time. From ancient Egypt, where they adorned the walls of tombs, to the Renaissance, which introduced the genre into the cultural mainstream, the still life has been continually explored and refined, a process that continues today. For photographers, the still life presents unique challenges, as technical lighting skills merge with composition and design to bring an image to exquisite life.

Accomplished fine art and commercial photographer Paulette Tavormina begins this five-day workshop by reviewing the history of the still life, providing context and inspiration for our creative endeavors; a visit to a local photography gallery enhances this contextual process. Next she discusses and demonstrates techniques for building a still-life photograph, from conception and propping to composition and lighting, through to the final image. We explore sources of inspiration, finding objects, selecting surfaces, and building sets, while paying close attention to prop positioning, and color theory. A keen focus is placed on lighting to ensure that we heighten the desired emotional impact of our imagery.

Every morning Paulette leads critiques, followed by assignments that take the group rummaging throughout Santa Fe for subject matter. Fruits, vegetables, and flowers are sure-fire options, but we also seek out more exotic alternatives. Each day builds on the previous as we achieve a higher level of craft—and a deeper understanding of our own personal aesthetic and style.

Flowers and Butterfly 2013

Flowers and Butterfly 2013

KMR Arts hosts exhibition of Paulette's photographs

Photography dealer Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery , KMR Arts, are hosting an exhibition of photographs by Paulette Tavormina.  The exhibition will run from November 21, 2015 through January 2, 2016 with an opening reception on Saturday November 21.  KMR writes "rawing inspiration from Old World artists, Paulette Tavormina renders luscious fruit, flowers, and food with a painterly eye to create rich tableaux.  These intensely personal photographs bring to light the evocative life cycles of flora and fauna, imperfect in their vigor and subsequent decay."