Gallery Essay

        Earlier in the semester I visited Alfred’s “Cohen Gallery” with my class. This Gallery had very nice wooden floors that looked almost like a chines painting.  My class and I observed many drawings and watercolor paintings created by “Mario Prisco”.  Mario Prisco is the former dean of the school of art and design at Alfred University, he is highly respected and is beloved by his colleagues. 

        Mario Prisco is the Artist who created all of the magnificent works of art that were featured in Alfred’s “Cohen Gallery”.  His work is incredible, everything from the detail of his lines to his representation of color is exquisite.  Previously he was the dean of the school of art and design at Alfred university.  A very important person who has been highly respected and looked up to by his colleagues.

Mario Prisco’s work that was featured in Alfred’s “Cohen Gallery” consisted of many imaginary landscapes painted with watercolor on paper and many figure drawings with  such emphasis that cause the detail of his lines to stand out and Portray emotion.  During the time I spent visiting the “Cohen Gallery” I noticed that many of Mario’s Paintings and drawings intrigued me.  Mario’s figure drawings had a variety of hairy lines that placed emphasis on the darker areas of his drawings.  The patterns of lines and shapes throughout Mario’s imaginary landscapes were so abstract that even the shadows created a smooth balance of repetition throughout his paintings.

There were also a few paintings that really stood out to me during this visit.  Imaginary landscape number eleven used a variety of shapes to create shadows that stood out, a bush was also seen in the trash.  Imaginary landscape number eight’s shapes were creating odd shadows branching out in many different directions, there was even a tree growing out of the side of the page.  Imaginary landscape number four had butterflies, clouds that looked like ufos to me, and a snake, there were lots of repeated patterns, shapes, and creatures throughout this painting.

In Conclusion Mario Prisco’s drawings and paintings were Portrayed with excellence in many ways ranging from his line quality to the patterns of shapes that created rhythm by placing emphasis in many areas of his artwork.  Mario Prisco is a highly respected person/artist in and outside of his art by many people such as his colleagues and now even by me.  I believe Mario portrays a sense of joy throughout his artwork.  Overall Mario succeeded in executing his art uniquely in many uniquely abstract ways.


About Ryan Williams

I’m Ryan Williams, I'm currently majoring in Digital Media and Animation. My primary focus is 3D/2D art and 3D animations. Programs i currently use for 3D art/animations are Maya and substance painter/designer. Mediums i use for 2D art consist of charcoal, pen/ink, pencil, Photoshop, and illustrator.
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