HERE’S AN OUTSTANDING LARGE 16” X 12” ORIGINAL VINTAGE SIGNED ENAMEL-ON-COPPER PAINTING / PLAQUE BY FLORIDA ARTIST DOMINIC “DOM” MINGOLLA!
Signed “MINGOLLA” in the bottom left right corner, this original vintage 1970s or 1980s enamel-on-copper painting/plaque was created by Dominic Mingolla through his use of painterly techniques and the sculpting of powdered glass onto the sheet of copper so that the enamels have a raised / relief quality.
The plaque / painting, which itself measures approximately sixteen inches (16”) in height by twelve inches (12”) in width, depicts a young teenage girl with her spaniel dog looking out a window as the winter snow falls onto a sparrow bird sitting just outside on a barren tree branch.
Without question, this enamel-on-copper painting/plaque provides a more sophisticated subject matter than is typically found on Mingolla’s enamel art, incorporating his love of nature, genre scenes, innocence of children, and in this case a striking example of portraiture.
The quality of enameling is top-notch in this painting/plaque and is highly detailed in its execution. Mingolla’s use of shading, lighting, and colors are superior in every way – absolutely stunning!
Condition: The enamel plaque / painting itself is in excellent and clean condition – absolute perfection! The original gold-toned wood and linen frame is generally in good and clean condition with several small scuffs, nicks, and minor imperfections in the linen surround. In addition, there is a two inch (2”) chip in the wood frame along the bottom edge.
Again, the plaque / painting itself measures approximately sixteen inches (16”) in height by twelve inches (12”) in width. The overall dimensions of the wooden frame are approximately twenty four and one half inches (24 ½”) in height by twenty and one half inches (20 ½”) in width.
Please scroll down to read the biographical article about the artist Dominic Mingolla.
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Dominic “Dom” Mingolla Bio (the following article is reprinted in its entirety from the St. Petersburg Times, January 1, 1977)
“Painter In The Forefront Of New Art Form” by Chuck Albury
One of the oldest creative forms has become the art world’s new sleeping giant, just waking up and stretching (or rather sprinkling) its way into prominence with galleries and private collectors.
The medium is fine art enameling, and in the forefront of its surge is Dom Mingolla, who works in a family-oriented studio at 525 Indian Rocks Road in Belleair Bluffs.
Until Mingolla and others got hold of the form, enameling was mostly applied to copper bracelets, pins, earrings and other jewelry items, or on ceramic pieces.
Dominic John Mingolla actually “paints” on sheets of copper, sprinkling colored glass powder onto the sheet, refining its form and then firing each layer in a kiln.
Put a Mingolla creation beside other, more conventional painted pictures, and it’s vivid, third dimensional color stands out like the first girl you remember who dared wear a strapless gown to the senior prom.
The detail is amazing. Mingolla uses his fingers or a variety of aids, most of which he developed, to sprinkle on his colors. He works with his arms resting on a board, held above the copper sheet. A pen or perhaps a slender brush refine the desired lines and flick away any excess powder.
Sometimes Mingolla works from a photograph he might have cut from a magazine or newspaper, using it as the basis for a picture. He also sketches impromptu scenes.
Mingolla has works hanging in the Freedoms Foundation, Flag Plaza, Martha Washington Building, Medal of Honor Building and the National Flag Foundation as well as galleries and showrooms across the nation and in other countries.
He was one of 10 distinguished American artists selected by the National Flag Foundation to create art during the American Bicentennial Year to be exhibited throughout the United States and in permanent shrine at the Flag Plaza in Pittsburgh.
Not bound strictly to art enameling, Mingolla paints in virtually all forms. He issued his fourth annual Christmas Plate this holiday season, produced in limited edition.
He also does limited-edition enamels and other collectors plates in porcelain.
The eldest of 11 children, Dominic early exhibited a talent for drawing and he wisely cultivated and refined his talent. He haunted libraries to read and study books on art, admitting that he regretted taking time to sleep since it took away from the hours he could use painting and drawing.
His first enamel piece was of a horse, which he refuses to sell and still displays in the collection of finished work at the front of his studio.
His wife Pauline is an artist in her own right and she, along with their daughter Diane, son-in-law Michael and son Frank, participates in the studio’s production, each with his own area for creativity.
Even grandson Michael shows signs of becoming an artist of note, already having produced a portrait of his grandfather than Dom displays at his desk as proudly as he would one of his own signed pieces.
Like Michelangelo, Mingolla has devoted time to crafts and inventing, both of which proved interesting but financially unrewarding.
Just 10 years ago he caught the desire to do enameling, which probably evolved from the Egyptian sand art.
Surprised by the form’s relative anonymity and gratified at its challenge, Mingolla plunged completely into enameling, sometimes working around the clock as he discovered that while it was even more demanding of his skill it seemed to be less tiring during the creative process.
Mingolla also finds a reward in the belief that enameling is still a developing art.
Murals are a possibility, since large areas could be covered by works done in pieces and matched perfectly.
There is also a satisfaction in the way top art critics so far have treated enamel art.
They’ve basically ignored it, Mingolla says, perhaps because of the realization that it’s an even more difficult medium in which to work than painting. If that is so, a whole new set of standards for evaluating art will have to evolve.
Art critics probably aren’t ready for that right now.
But collectors, galleries and museums are luckily ignoring this and flocking to pick up the art enamel pieces. They seem to be the brightest creations on the art scene today.
Large 16” X 12” Original Vintage 1970s or 1980s Modern Enamel-on-Copper Painting / Plaque created by Florida Artist Dominic “Dom” Mingolla that Displays a Snowy Winter Portrait Scene of a Young Girl & Her Dog Looking at a Sparrow Bird!