Luc Leestemaker and Joseph Lorusso

** Luc Leestemaker **

Transfiguration 2001.47
Transfiguration 2001.46
Transfiguration 2001.45
Inner Landscapes 2202.05
Transfiguration 2004.08
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Transfiguration 2004.02
Inner Landscape 2002.06
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Landscape 2004.06


Luc Leestemaker (1957-) grew up in the Netherlands, where interests in art, theater and communication led him into such diverse professions as remedial teacher; founder of an Amsterdam based performing arts center; founder of the European art collective “Hart Poetry;” founder and editor of a monthly business and arts magazine; and managing director of “Leestemaker & Associates,” a consulting firm specializing in arts marketing, financing, and public relations. But it would be Leestemaker’s long – standing interest in painting (his grandfather was an artist) that would ultimately command his devotion.

Throughout the years he subconsciously knew that he needed time to build the psychological framework for his art. Upon moving to the US in 1990, Leestemaker felt he was ready to fully commit to painting.

** Joseph Lorusso **


Sunday Afternoon
Dining Alone
Off In Thought
A Good Merlot
Young Miles Davis
Her Favorite Coat
Stories To Tell
Close To You
Moments To Myself
Perfect Fit
Table For Two

Joseph Lorusso was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966 and received his formal training at the American Academy of Art. He went on to receive his B.F.A. degree form the Kansas City Art Institute. Born of Italian descent, Lorusso was exposed to art at an early age. Through several early trips to Italy, his parents introduced him to works of the Italian Masters. Lorusso would look to these influences throughout his early artistic development and they are still evident in his work today.

Joseph Lorusso creates evocative and timeless figurative works. In painting his subjects, Lorusso has concentrated on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns color, texture, form and composition. Lorusso?s paintings have been described as warm and dreamlike, a place of restful escape with a sense of spirituality, and shares a timelessness with the work of other eras.

Says Lorusso, ?I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us?. The mood and emotion conveyed in Lorusso?s paintings evokes a deep sense of beauty found in the quiet times of daily living. His people are mysterious, lonely, romantic, and yet familiar, placed in settings we often see ourselves. According to Lorusso, ?The greatest gift an artist can provide is to move the viewer in a way that touches the soulful core within each of us?

** Update **

Two more of my favorites. a quick look at their works will show you what it is about these artists that attracted me in the first place. Let me know what you think…

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