A Mysterious Halloween Exhibit is Unmasked…

September 2019

Delco is home to what many have called “The Scariest Halloween Attraction in the Country” – we have one of the most famous Pumpkin Carves in the tri-state area – our Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation Haunted Tours sell out every year – and Media’s ‘spirited’ Halloween Parade is famous.

And this year the Brandywine River Museum of Art has gotten a jump on the October hauntings by opening the creaky door to our county-wide fun house with a stunningly visual and provocative exhibit by renowned Philadelphia artist Peter Paone.

Paone has always been fascinated with Halloween. Richly painted in jewel tones and textured surfaces, The Halloween Paintings of Peter Paone give visual form to his view of Halloween as a “day of denial,” one in which people have the freedom to adopt different personas that often reflect their inner desires. He creates paintings of extravagantly costumed figures whose mask-like expressions create an unsettling mood.

Paone works in the figurative tradition, yet his subjects spring wholly from his imagination. Deeply personal, the works exhibited are open-ended, inviting speculation and interpretation.

With a career spanning six decades, Paone has had over 50 solo exhibitions in his native Philadelphia as well as in New York, London, Vienna and Hamburg. His paintings, drawings and prints are held in the collections of institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum, London; The National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Peter Paone photos accompanying this story were provided the Brandywine River Museum of Art.