Artists I admire always inspire me. Last September, I saw
George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg's private collection of Norman Rockwell
paintings and drawings at the Smithsonian Museum of Art.
I had always loved Rockwell, but had
never seen one in person.This was
the largest single collection ever.I was blown away by the technical proficiency, the boldness of his brush
strokes laden with volumes of paint piled on top of each other, a sheer
visceral technique - it all just mesmerized me.It was like Rembrandt meets Vermeer.I studied his painting for hours in
there and felt 100% inspired and challenged.I knew I could paint with the technical proficiency I
needed, but the challenge was to make my own story through painting.Well, with the witch's brew of Exit Zero cover illustrationsand a new show on deck at SOMA Gallery in less than one year's time, I thought, ..well, here you are totally inspired, living in a town rich with local
characters and history and quirk that you can use to tell any story you
want.So, I finally let a little
bit of my lighter side in and went to work.And the result is pure Cape May, written, directed, and
painted, by yours truly.
VICTOR GRASSO - Resume
Selected Solo Exhibition:
2011 New Paintings and Drawings, SOMA NewArt Gallery, CM, NJ 2010 Up From the Wreckage, SOMA NewArt Gallery, CM, NJ. 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:
2012 Alice: Into the Looking Glass, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ 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.
Rose, Joshua, New Exhibition Preview, AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE, August 2011 Wright, Jack, New Exhibition by Victor Grasso, EXIT ZERO MAGAZINE, August 2011. Wright, Jack, New Exhibition by Victor Grasso, EXIT ZERO MAGAZINE, 31 August 2007. 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.
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