John Descarfino

John Descarfino

About Artist

John Descarfino is a painter based in Brooklyn, New York. He has had several solo exhibitions at the Lucas Schoormans Gallery in New York City and exhibited in numerous group exhibitions among such venues as the McNay Art Museum; Blum and Poe Gallery; Galeria Espacio 48, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; the Berkshire Museum; Centotto, Brooklyn, NY; and the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. His paintings are included in several public collections including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark; JP Morgan Chase; and Capital Group Companies. His work was reviewed in Artnews, Artnet, The Journal News, and Arte Fuse. He received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Café Royal Cultural Foundation, and the PSC CUNY Research Foundation.

Statement of this collection

My surroundings inform my paintings and drawings in ways literal and metaphorical. I have an affinity for space and light carved by architectural forms. Given its art historical associations with perception and painting, the classic motif of the window influences my current work. I consider the effect that frames, grids, screens, water, reflections, or dust may have on our gaze when we look through windows – and at them. The work’s image structure relies heavily on the layering and interplay of such frames, veils and scrims, reflecting the complexities of our ways of looking and seeing.

Conceived as thresholds, windows furnish my imagination with abstract, protean forms that display some semblance of an architectural aperture. I find the fluidity of watercolor particularly fitting for the depiction of morphing structures.

The window’s specific function as a passage for light directs my focus toward chromatic nuances. By orchestrating relationships among a painting's colors, I can bring to each work both formal and emotive content in a compositional sphere of contemplation and memory.





available artwork

Untitled (18-5) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (18-64) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (18-17) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (19-15) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (19-57) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (19-60) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (19-61) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (19-31) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (21-1) by John Descarfino

500.00$

Untitled (19-58) by John Descarfino

500.00$

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