Joseph Piccillo


PRESS RELEASE: Joseph Piccillo, Mar  5 - Mar 28, 2009

Joseph Piccillo
Mar 5 – Mar 28, 2009


Contact: Cristin Lane or Beverly Cuyler  

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BOCA RATON, FL (February 11, 2009) – Elaine Baker Gallery announces the upcoming exhibition of charcoal canvases by Joseph Piccillo. The exhibition opens on Thursday, March 5, 2009 and continues until March 28, 2009.

Joseph Piccillo was born in 1941 in Buffalo, New York. He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at State University College at Buffalo.

Piccillo’s graphite and charcoal drawings threaten to rupture the boundaries of their two dimensional world. His loaded images of running or rearing horses carry great emotional power, a key point in Piccillo’s works. Many of these horses bear the bridles and implements of their domination, as they perform in what could be the spotlight of a circus tent.

The artist enlarges his subjects until they fill the entire space, gaining power as they gain size. Piccillo’s skillful mastery of his technique allows for an unparalleled volume, not traditionally found in two dimensional media. Expert application of charcoal enhances every nuance, with the shadows and light causing intricate veins to appear coursing with blood.

Selected Public Collections

Albrecht Museum, St. Joseph, MO

Albert Knox Gallery Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY

Butler Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH

Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Rochester Memorial Art Center, Rochester, NY

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MA

State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY