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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

JOEL D'ORAZIO

JOEL D'ORAZIO

Artist Work

Citiblock Angle
2000
Mixed media
27" x 36" x 42"
Underwood
1993-94
Polyurethane on panel
36" x 80"
Acupuncture (972)
2005
Mixed
32.5" x 16" x 20"
Org 2004 (967)
2004
Polyurethane on panel
23" X 36"
Colorwash (938)
2003
Polyurethane on panel
45" x 48"
7000 x 3 (971)
2005
Wire mesh and coaxial cable
36" x 38" x 6"

Artist Information

Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

After practicing architecture for more than 25 years I began to create art in 1991. The mediums I work in are polyurethane paint on panels, mixed medium works & sculpture using found and donated objects and digital art. The images are uncommon, yet suggest the familiar forms of nature. Although the paintings are varied in color and composition, each image is part of a logical yet highly intuitive progression of work. Each work begins as an adventure and its identity becomes as valid and important as the next, with the medium playing a most important role in the discovery of solutions. Originating in the subliminal, each work is a fresh encounter with the lush, unpredictable medium. The alchemy of powdered metal, raw pigment and polyurethane makes a medium that is at once totally maleable, maddeningly defiant and in the end, engaging and seductive. My artistic vocabulary is devoid of obvious symbols and messages, I do not intend to tell a story or render a recognizable form. For me, the process of creating is a meditative exercise. Though the images are generated spontanously, reoccuring themes of movement and form can be found. The paintings relate only to each other, each providing clues to interpret the next. This is their power. In contrast, my three dimentional works will at times possess a sense of content or a relationship to historical themes, though only in an abstract sense.

Artist Bio

BORN : Oct. 11, 1942, Youngstown, Ohio, twin son of P. Arthur D'Orazio AIA, Architect and Rose R. D'Orazio, Accountant. FORMAL: GILMOUR ACADEMY, Gates Mills, Ohio. 1956-60 STUDY CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA, Washington, DC 1960-65 DEGREE: Bachelor of Architecture Study toward a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning. YOUNGSTOWN UNIVERSITY, Youngstown, Ohio 1964-65 Painting and Sculpture workshop CONT. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, College Park, Md. 1973, 76 STUDY Ceramics Workshop WORK: ARCHITECTURE