VICTOR GRASSO - works in Oil and Watercolor Too view paintings details - click on image - for price information contact gallery.
"For the Love of the Deep" - Solo Exhibit - 2008
ENJOY a wild ride to the blackest depths of the ocean and the furthest fathoms of the imagination with an exhibition of exciting new work by artist Victor Grasso.
Grasso's new body of work reveals an exciting young painter at his masterful best. Using inspiration from a mixed bag of sources - Old Master figures, classic diving iconography, and exotic sea creatures - Grasso has created a series of compelling compositions. In The Catch, he juxtaposes a beautiful nude with the menacing form of a Mako shark in a powerful 6ft x 6ft work that showcases exquisite technical achievement, suggesting a bold and exciting new aesthetic from this young South Jersey artist.
"The Catch" Victor Grasso (AVAILABLE))
" A Reason to Live" Victor Grasso (SOLD)
"I've always been fascinated by the Cyclops-like Mark V naval diving helmet of the 1940s. For The Love Of The Deep is an exploration of life’s journey examined through the common man or 'drone' in the form of a deep-sea diver. The occupants of those old suits were severely restrained and restricted and much of my inspiration is drawn from the importance of the individual crashing through the walls of the American social standard and forging his or her own identity. To me, this show demonstrates the drone's battle to break out of this cage and to achieve personal greatness by overcoming opposition and doubt, fulfilling ambitions, holding on to dreams and living up to one’s fullest potential and individuality."
"I Am Ishmael" watercolor (SOLD)
"She" watercolor (SOLD)
"Jaws" watercolor (SOLD)
"Mouth of God" Oil on Linen (SOLD)
"There's Something Between Us" Victor Grasso (SOLD)
"Something in the Way She Moves" Oil on Linen (SOLD)
"For the Love of the Deep" Victor Grasso (AVAILABLE)
"Half Shell" Oil on Linen, Victor Grasso- Collection of the Artist (Not for Sale)
Deep Below the Arms of Industry" Victor Grasso Collection of the Artist (Not for Sale)
"Sunk, Self Portrait with Diving Bell" watercolor (SOLD)
"Tubby" watercolor (SOLD)
"What Are You Looking At" watercolor (SOLD)
"The Great Unwashed" watercolor (SOLD)
"The Boredom that Binds Us" watercolor (SOLD)
"Bird Bath" watercolor, Victor Grasso (AVAILABLE)
"Goat Head Gumbo - a recipe for disaster" - Solo Exhibit - 2007
ARTIST STATEMENT My work encapsulates the postmodern rejection of traditional values, the antihero: the lead characters are unconventional icons looming intensely in their shadowy nature. My paintings are a convergence of twisted, edgy, sexy blend of cultural references, striking montages and deft photo-realism masterfully rendered in oil.
"Smiling with the Mouth of the Ocean", Oil on Linen "54" by 54" Victor Grasso 2007 (SOLD)
"Voodoo Priestess without her Chicken" Oil on Linen 42" x 54" Victor Grasso 2007 - Collection of the Artist (Nor For Sale)
Let"s get ready to make the End of Time, Baby" Oil on Linen 54" x 54" Victor Grasso 2007 (AVAILABLE)
"And then there were none" 24" x 84" Oil on Linen Victor Grasso 2007 (NOT AVAILABLE)
VICTOR GRASSO - Resume
Selected Solo Exhibition 2008 For The Love Of The Deep, SOMA NewArt Gallery, CM,NJ 2007 Goat Head Gumbo, SOMA NewArt Gallery, CM, NJ 2007 Fresh Off the Chopping Block, Big Yellow Church, CM, NJ.
Selected Group shows: 2010 Red Dot Fair, New York, NY. 2009 Red Dot Fair, Miami FL. 2008 Art Now Fair, Miami, FL. 2008 Dumbo Art Fair, Raaw Studios, Brooklyn, NY. 2008 Pool Art Fair, Chelsea Hotel, New York, NY. 2007 Art Concepts, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ 2003 Young Masters, NJ Chapter-American Artists Professional League, Inc., High Street Gallery, Millville, NJ. 2003 D.O.G., Sagemore Gallery, Ocean City, NJ. 2002 The Windows, Sounds Gallery, Sea Isle, NJ. 1996 Blynd, Accent Gallery, Ocean City, NJ.
Future Exhibitions: SOLO Exhibit - Up From the Wreckage, SOMA NewArt Gallery, Cape May, NJ - August 7 - September 7, 2010.
Selected Bibliography: Wright, Jack, New Exhibition by Victor Grasso, EXIT ZERO MAGAZINE, 31 August 2007.
Brett, Jurewicz, Keepin' It Real, EXIT ZERO MAGAZINE, 4 August 2006.
Wright, Jack, The Realist, BLUE ROADS, April 2006.
Donovan, Matt, Lay It Out Up, Paint It On Down, LOCAL WATCH, March 2005.
DiGenni, John, Featured Artist: Victor Austin Grasso, CARBON MAGAZINE, February 2003.