John J Lo Presti

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ARTIST STATEMENT

My primary subject of "landscape" has a 500-year-old tradition in Western art. It is obvious that it is no longer possible to make traditional landscapes as an avant-garde activity. However, I can draw on the tradition without slavishly copying it.

The earliest landscape painters were interested primarily in tone and chiaroscuro. Yet, the whole approach to color changed in the twentieth century, and my antecedents draw upon researches into pure color relations. My approach is affected by this more recent reworking of traditional landscape painting. 

My work does not just repeat the past;  I draw from tradition but use my sensibility to create new images. I try to capture the strength of the old by using new tools. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

John Lo Presti has been painting for over 35 years. His collections have emerged from the landscapes of his environment and annual travels throughout New England and Europe. 

Often his landscape visions are captured en plein air with charcoal and pastel. His inspirations evolve particularly from the land and sea of Deer Isle, Maine and on rural excursions throughout Mediterranean Europe. When he returns home to his studio, he transforms his observations and studies into various sized and formatted oil paintings on canvas.

With his wife Clare and standard poodles Portia and Churros, John lives in Wethersfield, Connecticut where his studio and private art framing business are rooted.  

He earned his B.F.A. in Fine Art, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University. He has participated in many solo and group shows. Most recent solo shows include “Composing the Rectangle” at the Celeste LeWitt Gallery, several shows at Brick Walk Fine Art and Book, and the Town and County Club. Group shows include New Britain Museum of American Art, 100 Pearl Street Gallery, and Brick Walk Fine Art and Book.

All of the paintings are oil on canvas, and are framed.

Prices range from $1500-$4000.