JOSEPH LORUSSO was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966 and received his formal training at the American Academy of Art. He went on to receive his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. Born of Italian descent, Lorusso was exposed to art at an early age.
Through several early trips to Italy, his parents introduced him to the works of the Italian Masters. Lorusso would look to these influences throughout his early artistic development and they are still evident in his work today.
Discovering the works of the Impressionists, he gravitated towards the works of Manet and Vuillard. Lorusso searched for similar work of such emotion and soon became an avid student of painting, seeking out and immersing himself in the works of various artists. This path would ultimately lead him to the works of Sargent, Sorolla, Whistler and a whole army of lesser-known yet equally capable painters. Within this group of artists, Lorusso would find a sense of identity. In these masterful works, he saw the power to harness emotion and convey it with power and confidence, yet with delicacy and tasteful restraint. He also saw in these artists the ability to express the “essence” of an object with just a few carefully chosen brushstrokes, creating a visceral and intuitive state of painting.
Says Lorusso, “I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us”. The mood and emotion conveyed in Lorusso’s paintings evokes a deep sense of beauty found in the quiet times of daily living. His people are mysterious, lonely, romantic and yet familiar, placed in settings we often see ourselves. Lorusso’s paintings have gained notoriety by their ability to connect with the viewer, resonating in a way that is intimate and personal.
What Saks Galleries says, "We are very pleased to represent Joseph at the gallery in Cherry Creek Denver. We met Joseph in December 2010, during the American Art Invitational hosted by Saks Galleries. His work is unique, inspiring, emotional. To really enjoy his work drop by the gallery - study the textural brushstrokes, form, warm colors and composition. Beautifully executed paintings."
Please visit the gallery or our website to see more works by Joseph or enjoy the latest works showing in the "Impressions of Spring" exhibition now through May 14th.
Lorusso "Seductive Look" 12 x 12 oil - Lorusso "Looking West" 11 x 11 oil - Lorusso "Napping" 10 x 14 oil
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