Article by Shana Nys Dambrot.
Charles and Natalie Arnoldi are a father and daughter, both painters, and that’s about all they have in common — artistically, anyway. Charles Arnoldi is known for varieties of muscular and curvilinear abstraction, chromatic architectonics, and mixed media (especially switch- and lumber-based) experimentations with rarefied schematics of cool abstraction. His daughter Natalie Arnoldi is by professional a scientist, whose interests have focused on environmental and marine ecosystems; her evocative and basically realist paintings often depict creatures and scenes related to these pursuits, such as smog, fossil fuel, and sea life. Except for the obvious appeal of comparing their works as family members, it’s not necessarily work that a curator would choose to show together.