Size: 15"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2017
I name my signature painting style "American Verismo" which is somewhat akin to contemporary ìatelier realismî but the latter has been criticized for an academic uniformity and its over attention to details. My approach is experimental and exploratory, introducing abstraction into my realism.
American verismo is more poetic and linked to post-impressionism, the Milan-based Scapigliatura (ëwild hairí) movement, and the I Machiaioliís commitment to social issues.
My images are spread equally into categories of portraiture, figurative, and landscape.
But like atelier realism, American verismo is associated with a painterly sketching style, use of broad brushstrokes, and the alla prima, ìdirect attackî technique of painting.
It is also linked to all'aperto (open air) impressionist-style landscape painting. In short, to pleinairism which has become widely popular in recent years. But not a pedestrian plein airism.
B. Buffalo, N.Y. 1944. Attended Buffalo Art Institute (Albright Art School). Studied privately under Anthony Sisti. Involved in anti-war activism while at the University of Buffalo. Moved to Arizona to teach grade school on Arizona-Mexican border. Arrived in Eugene in 1974 and became an arts activist as President of New Zone Art Collective and later co-founding the Salon des Refuses, a large annual alternative exhibit in Eugene.. Frequently travelled to Italy with his wife Angela Ross meeting WWII GIs in Livergnano near Bologna and later making a film of interviews of WWII vets at WWII Museum in New Orleans. Exhibits in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna, and Terni in Italy. Recently collaborating with Italian film makers in Milan on a documentary film for the 2015 Expo. Created a style called ìAmerican verismoî based on dal vero (after life or truth) and founded the Club Macchia group of artists exhibiting in Oregon. Awards and Recognitions: 1. Painting ìLa Tavola Italianaî was featured in an Italian documentary film ìThe Richness of the Table of Italyî screened in Milan, 2015. 2. Nov-Dec 2010 visiting artist/scholar, American Academy in Rome 3. Gold medal and an exhibit for 2006 in an art competition in Milan - Corsico, Italy. 4. Year 2004 Jury Award Mayor's Show, Eugene, Oregon 5. Year 2001 Jurorís award at the 31st annual Willamette Valley Juried show in Corvallis 6. Year 2000 Mayorís Choice award for the Mayorís Art Show of Eugene 7. Purchase award: Gruppo Amici di Livergnano, Italy landscape painting competition Sept. 1996