John Rizzotto, Your Happiness Lies Before You, Not Behind You, 2018, Oil on Canvas
June 9 - July 7, 2019
As has happened on more than one occasion, the idea for the first painting started at my friend Patricia's house, vortex of imagination that it is. "May I borrow these as still life props?" I asked. In this case it was a kitsch plaster lamp of a Japanese woman and some chalkware figurines. That became Your Happiness Lies Before You, Not Behind You. Then the loan of a Kwan Yin statue followed, which became You Are Compassionate And Sensitive To Others. The theme sorted itself out quickly: Orientalism, miles of drapery, unbridled color, and benedictions in the form of messages from fortune cookies.
About the Artist
John Rizzotto is a contemporary American realist painter working in the still-life tradition. His carefully composed arrangements of natural and everyday objects recall the Spanish and Northern European masters, while keeping a contemporary sensibility.
Always painting from life, Rizzotto's primary concerns are capturing light and form, and exploring the endless possibilities of composition.