Oil Painting: SPONSORED CONTENT: The Artist Behind the Brand: Joseph Gyurcsak

23 Oct 2006

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Joseph Gyurcsak, the resident artist for Utrecht Art Supplies, is an art materials expert who assists artists, companies, and industry manufacturers in understanding different aspects of art materials and techniques. He also travels extensively, conducting lectures and painting demonstrations at major art institutions throughout the United States.

Gyurcsak’s work covers a broad range of subject matter, including interiors, still lifes, figures, and landscapes. He is known for his ability to capture the essence of his subjects with a bold and candid approach. “My paintings express a sense of light, atmosphere, and mood,” says Gyurcsak. “I aim for them to transcend the techniques that were employed to create them and to appear to breathe the very light and atmosphere in which they were painted. I try to capture the fleeting moments of life: the sublime manifestations of light and color and their aesthetic influences on the subject.”   

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Still Life With Bottles
Oil on panel, 8 x 10.

Gyurcsak begins his paintings by making brief dash marks upon the canvas to indicate his intended composition. After a deliberate pause and careful assessment of color mixtures, he then applies paint. He approaches the canvas quickly and confidently, with large, fully loaded brushes to mass in the three or four areas of color that are most critical for creating the overall atmosphere and sense of the subject. As soon as the image emerges, he refines edges and details until the painting is complete. Which, when he works alla prima, can take within one to three hours. Certain studio paintings, however, the artist will work on for as long as a few months, depending on the size of the canvas and the complexity of the composition.

Gyurcsak began his formal training at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York City, and later went on to receive his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, also in New York City. He has exhibited in galleries across the country, and his award-winning paintings are held in various private collections.


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