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Joseph Lorusso Art

JOSEPH LORUSSO (USA, B. 1966)

Joseph Lorusso was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966 and received his formal training at the American Academy of Art College. He went on to receive his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. While in school, Lorusso majored in watercolor and considers himself self-taught as an oil painter. He learned to paint by studying the works of master painters, often losing himself in the halls of The Art Institute of Chicago during lunch hours, which frequently turned into afternoons of self-study. Throughout his career, Lorusso has concentrated on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns color, texture, form and composition. Lorusso’s paintings have been described as warm and dreamlike, places of restful escape with a sense of spirituality, and share timelessness with the works of other eras. The main focus on Lorusso’s mostly narrative work is to provide the viewer with a starting point, a place of engagement for the viewer to then reinterpret the scene as they see it. As telling a story has always been an important vehicle for human interaction, Lorusso believes in the ability and power to tell a story through his image-making, being able to connect with the viewer in the process. The mood and emotion conveyed in Lorusso’s paintings evoke 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. While in school, Lorusso was recruited by Hallmark Cards, Inc. and from 1988 to 1999 served as an artist in their greeting card division. Lorusso has served as an instructor of painting and drawing at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Scottsdale Artists’ School. Lorusso’s work has been shown internationally and has won numerous awards and honors, he is considered a leading figure in the field of contemporary figurative realism. He has been featured in American Artist magazine, Southwest Art, U.S. Art, Art & Antiques, The Artist's Magazine, ARTnews, American Art Collector, International Artist and Art Talk magazines. Lorusso’s work is part of many private collections; his work is in the permanent collections of Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St.Joseph, Missouri, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, and the Wichita Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas. Joseph Lorusso is currently represented by McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Bonner-David Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC, and Alexandria, VA, Jones & Terwilliger Galleries, Carmel, CA, Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, CO and Saks Galleries Cherry Creek, Denver, CO.

(Biography provided by Bonner David Galleries)
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"San Frida II" oil painting of Frida Kahlo with gold leaf and red background
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Edgartown, MA
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2010s Joseph Lorusso Art

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Gold Leaf

"Fancy Free" oil painting of two women in a vintage convertible
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Edgartown, MA
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2010s Joseph Lorusso Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Summer Look" oil painting, portrait of a woman in sunglasses and head scarf
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Edgartown, MA
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2010s Joseph Lorusso Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Person to Person" oil painting of a man and woman kissing in a red phone booth
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Edgartown, MA
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Oil

"In Close" close up oil painting of a man and a woman kissing
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Edgartown, MA
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Oil

"Variation on a Theme" oil painting of two women resting in bed with polka dots
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Edgartown, MA
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Oil

"San Frida"
By Joseph Lorusso
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"Off the Shoulder"
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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 Ar...
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"I'll Make a Heart For You"
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Interlude"
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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 Ar...
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2010s Joseph Lorusso Art

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"Cat Napping"
By Joseph Lorusso
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"City Window"
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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2010s Joseph Lorusso Art

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"Smear"
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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 Ar...
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2010s Joseph Lorusso Art

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"Blooming"
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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 Ar...
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2010s Joseph Lorusso Art

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"Blossom"
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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"Shades" oil portrait of short haired woman with sunglasses on orange background
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Edgartown, MA
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"and Then it Happened" close up oil painting of a couple in a passionate kiss
By Joseph Lorusso
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"Attitude" small scale portrait of a redhead with bangs in oil paint
By Joseph Lorusso
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"Madly, Deeply"
By Joseph Lorusso
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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2010s Contemporary Joseph Lorusso Art

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Oil

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