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Christopher Pugliese, The Aim of the Artist, 2003, oil on linen, 28 x 38", Collection of Roz and Jerry Meyer

Christopher Pugliese, What's Next, 2003, oil on linen, 32 x 40", Collection of Roz and Jerry Meyer

NEW/NOW: Christopher Pugliese
Oct. 30, 2010 - Jan. 23, 2011
Opening Reception
5:30-8 p.m., First Fri., Nov. 5, 2010

The Museum’s ongoing NEW/NOW series continues with the intriguing work of Christopher Pugliese. He currently resides in New York City but has been exhibited across the country and overseas, including in San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and London, in both solo exhibitions and group shows, and now at the NBMAA.

At an early age, Pugliese had the good fortune of meeting Ted Jacobs and Tony Ryder while studying at the New York Academy of Art. He lists them as two of his main influences and even traveled with them to France during his summer vacations while attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. On one of these trips abroad, Pugliese was fortunate to encounter Martha and Walter Erlbacher. The Erlbachers are world-renowned for their teaching of anatomy in both drawing and sculpture. These four combined artists helped to guide Pugliese’s early career path. He continued to hone his technique while studying at the National Academy of Design and the results are absorbing, to say the least.

His anatomical detail is incredible and the figures he portrays are sometimes grotesque, sometimes ethereal but always engaging. He occasionally portrays himself, often painting within the painting.

The NEW/NOW Series is made possible by the generous support of Marzena and Greg Silpe.



 

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