Artist: John Asaro Title: Arabian Blanket Edition Size: 195 Medium: Iris Graphic Image Dimensions: 24" x 32" About the Art: A native Californian of Sicilian descent, John Asaro grew up near San Diego. The artist began to experiment with a combination of palette knife and brush techniques to attain on canvas the fleeting essence found in nature. Going outdoors to sketch briskly the essentials of a transitory scene, Asaro finishes most of his paintings in the studio as he listens to recorded Gregorian chants, the classical music of Puccini and Verdi or the energetic voices of Luciano Pavarotti and Leontyne Price. Asaro's purpose is to produce excellent paintings and to remain innocent as he grows artistically and searches for substructures in art. He strives to make his style, content and subjects as personal and candid as possible so that a capacious audience will understand the relevance of it. The distinguished paintings of John Asaro capture immediate fleeting impressions rather than permanent aspects of a subject. His sumptuous, flowing brushwork allows the viewer to explore nuances of reality and truth. Within layers of beautifully orchestrated pigments, Asaro's virile strokes of paint dash, swish, swirl and leash out to represent light, atmosphere, motion of direct and reflected colors in open air and the complexity of the human condition. With the dexterity of a Sorolla, the sensitive painted poetry of John Asaro is refreshing and outstanding. The artist diligently and genuinely strives to outdo today what he did yesterday and because each of his canvases is begun with technical proficiency and finished with truthful sensitivity, innovation and discernment, Asaro is an consummate American painter to be watched.
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