Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementI am a Baltimore based artist that specializes in portrait and figurative oil paintings. Available for gallery and commission work. My own philosophy stresses a humanist ideal which includes taking responsibility for the quality of one's work as well as focusing on inspiration and aesthetics. I consider myself a traditional artist with traditional artistic roots and experience. I feel that traditional art in the form of education has virtually been abandoned. A strong drawing foundation is the key to any traditional artist's success.
Cody Pryseski is a Baltimore-based artist specializing in portrait and figurative oil paintings. He takes a humanist approach to painting, believing in the value of classical, traditional training and techniques. Inspiration is key, but then you have to put in the work. His attention to detail and quality compels him to continually re-work his canvases, until he achieves the right mood. The goal is to capture the personality, even the psychology, of his subject. Willem de Kooning said, “Flesh is the reason why oil painting was invented.” Pryseski uses the impasto technique, thickly layering his figures and landscapes with oil paint. This brings additional texture to the work, allowing for the artist to manipulate the play of light and rendering the figure or urban landscape more expressive. Pryseski is inspired by Stephen Conroy, Phillip Pearlstein, and Chuck Close (whom he met when he accidentally stumbled into Close’s SoHo gallery). But his work is most strongly influenced by Lucien Freud. Pryseski saw Freud’s’ first U.S. show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1993. The well-worn brochure from that show remains in his studio today, always close at hand for inspiration. Pryseski grew up in Lutherville, MD. He graduated from MICA in 1996 with a degree in painting and drawing. Pryseski maintains a studio in Canton. He welcomes commissions.