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Joseph  Lorusso


Chicago-born Joseph Lorusso (1966 - ) was inspired early in his artistic career by his discovery of Impressionist painters Manet and Vuillard. He later explored the works of other masters such as expatriate American artists John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler. He received his formal art training at the American Academy of Art and went on to receive his B.F.A. degree from Kansas City Art Institute. While in school, Lorusso was recruited by Hallmark Cards, Inc. to serve as an artist in their greeting card design division.

Lorusso concentrates on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns color, texture, form and composition. His warm and dreamlike oils on canvas and board convey moods and emotions that strongly suggest his 19th century artistic influences. The figures are mysterious, lonely, and romantic, yet familiar. Placed in settings we often see ourselves, they suggest the profound beauty found in the quiet times of daily living; as Lorusso believes, "...truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us."

He is currently an instructor of painting and illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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